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Lena Horne Centennial

Lena Horne (1917–2010) had close working relationships with composers like Harold Arlen and Billy Strayhorn.

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Dave Lambert Centennial

We celebrate the centennial of a cult figure in the world of vocal jazz, bop singer and arranger Dave Lambert.

June 16, 2017

 

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Recent Releases 2017, Part 1

A look at new releases by Diana Krall, Jazzmeia Horn, and Chris Thile.

May 26, 2017

 

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Mel Tormé, The Singer-Songwriter

"Born To Be Blue," "A Stranger In Town," "Welcome To The Club" and other songs written and performed by Mel Tormé.

May 19, 2017

 

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Peggy Lee, The Singer-Songwriter

Miss Peggy Lee was one of the biggest singing stars of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and she also wrote many of her popular tunes.

May 12, 2017

 

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Johnny Mercer, The Singer-Songwriter

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May 5, 2017

 

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Hoagy Carmichael, The Singer-Songwriter

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Ella Fitzgerald On Verve

In honor of Ella Fitzgerald's centennial on April 25, 2017, we look at the singer's work for Verve records, where she recorded her famous songbook series.

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The Greatest Bass Player In The World: Jaco Pastorius

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In the history of jazz, there are only a few innovators who’ve actually changed the sound of their instrument. Jaco Pastorius was one of them.

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