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Can’t Keep From Singing: Rene Marie

This week on Afterglow we listen to jazz vocalist Rene Marie, who was influenced by classic singers such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Betty Carter.

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Rene Marie's album, How Can I Keep From Singing? Marie has developed her own voice and approach, and her performances—particularly in concert—have a compelling electricity about them.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Rene Marie Just Has to Sing.” Jazz vocalist Rene Marie got a late start to her career—by the time she began gigging and recording, her two sons were already in college.

Influenced by classic singers such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Betty Carter, Marie has developed her own voice and approach, and her performances—particularly in concert—have a compelling electricity about them.

We’ll hear music from her four MaxJazz releases, including How Can I Keep From Singing? and Live at Jazz Standard .

Also on the Afterglow agenda this time around: Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Yusef Lateef, and a set of Hank Williams songs done by performers ranging from Cassandra Wilson and James Brown to Joe Pass and Madeleine Peyroux.

Music Heard On This Episode

When Your Lover Has Gone
Louis Armstrong — I've Got the World on a String (Verve, 1957)
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When Your Lover Has Gone
Louis Armstrong — I've Got the World on a String (Verve, 1957)

Notes: Russ Garcia arranger and conductor.

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Romance in the Dark
Dinah Washington — Complete Roulette Sessions (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: Lil Green song.

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In the Still of the Night
Frank Sinatra — Live in Paris (Reprise, 1962)
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I'll Always Be in Love With You
Yusef Lateef — Psychicemotus (Impulse, 1965)
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Your Cheatin' Heart
James Brown — Soul on Top (Verve, 1969)

Notes: Hank Williams song.

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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Cassandra Wilson — New Moon Daughter (Blue Note, 1995)

Notes: Hank Williams song.

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Cold, Cold Heart
Joe Pass — Complete Pacific Jazz Quartet Sessions (Mosaic, 1964)

Notes: Hank Williams song. From an abandoned PJ session of Williams songs. Pass would later record a Williams tribute near the end of his life with Roy Clarke.

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Weary Blues
Madeleine Peyroux — Careless Love (Rounder, 2004)

Notes: Hank Williams song.

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Them There Eyes
Rene Marie — Vertigo (MaxJazz, 2001)
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The Very Thought of You
Rene Marie — How Can I Keep From Singing? (MaxJazz, 2000)
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God Bless the Child
Rene Marie — How Can I Keep From Singing? (MaxJazz, 2000)
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Alone Together
Benny Carter — New Jazz Sounds: the Urbane Sessions (Verve, 1952)
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I Wish I Knew
Bill Evans — Explorations (Riverside, 1961)

Notes: With Scott La Faro and Paul Motian.

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There Will Never Be Another You
Count Basie/Joe Williams — Complete Clef/Verve Fifties Studio Recordings (Mosaic, 1956)
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Soft Winds
Stuff Smith — Complete Verve Sessions (Mosaic, 1957)

Notes: Fletcher Henderson tune.

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Try to Understand
Bill Kirchner/Jackie Cain — Everything I Love (Evening Star, 2004)
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Deed I Do
Rene Marie — Live at Jazz Standard (MaxJazz, 2003)
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I Only Have Eyes for You
Rene Marie — Vertigo (MaxJazz, 2001)
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Wishes
Rene Marie — Serene Renegade (MaxJazz, 2004)

Notes: Written by Marie.

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D.B. Blues
Lester Young — In Washington D.C. 1956 V. 1 (Pablo, 1956)
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Sunday
Kay Starr — Jazz Singer/I Cry By Night (Exemplar, 1960)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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