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The Great French Songbook

French songs, French singers, and songs about Paris in this edition of Afterglow.

Blossom Dearie - Give Him The Ooh-La-La

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Blossom Dearie, who spent most of the early 1950s living and recording jazz in Paris, is just one of the artists featured on this all-French edition of Afterglow.

See Part 2 of “The Great French Songbook.”

On Afterglow, we explore the music of what’s generally called “The Great American Songbook.” However, some of the great music in the world of vocal jazz and traditional pop is not always American. This hour, we’re heading across “la mer” and looking at the music of France. We’ll hear some songs written in French, songs with a certain French flair, and some songs written about Paris, sung by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Blossom Dearie, Les Blue StarsEdith Piaf, and many more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Comment allez-vous? (Grand)
Blossom Dearie — Blossom Dearie (Verve, 1989)
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Comment allez-vous? (Grand)
Blossom Dearie — Blossom Dearie (Verve, 1989)
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Plus Je T'embrasse (Ryan)
Blossom Dearie — Give Him The Ooh-La-La (Verve, 1998)
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Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Prevert/Mercer)
Duke Ellington Orchestra featuring Ozzie Bailey — Best of the Big Bands: Duke Ellington and his Great Vocalists (Sony, 1995)
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Passing By (Hess/Misraki/Trenet)
Nat King Cole — L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960–1964 (Bear Family, 2006)
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Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup (Sosenko)
Nat King Cole — Capitol Masters Box Set (Captiol, 1992)
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C'est Si Bon (Betti/Hornez)
Louis Armstrong — Blueberry Hill (Milan, 2005)
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Ca C'est L'amour (Porter)
Tony Bennett — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett (Sony, 2004)
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(Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young (Philippe-Gérard/Mercer)
Peggy Lee — Black Coffee (Verve, 2004)
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La légende du pays des oiseaux (Shearing/Constantin)
Les Blue Stars — The Pianist: Les Blue Stars (Universal, 2002)
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Groovin' High (Gillespie)
Dizzy Gillespie and The Double Six — Dizzy Gillespie and The Double Six of Paris (Polygram, 1990)
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The Last Time I Saw Paris [Excerpt] (Kern/Hammerstein)
Michel Legrand — Jazz In Paris: Paris Jazz Piano (Universal, 2001)

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Anthropology (Gillespie/Bishop/Parker)
Dizzy Gillespie and The Double Six — Dizzy Gillespie and The Double Six of Paris (Polygram, 1990)

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The Last Time I Saw Paris (Kern/Hamerstein)
Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap — The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (Columbia, 2015)
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This Little Town Is Paris (Schwartz)
Beverly Kenney — Complete Royal Roost Recordings (Sings For Johnny Smith) (Fresh Sound, 2012)
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April in Paris (Harburg/Duke)
Rosemary Clooney — Rosie Solves the Swingin' Riddle (BMG, 2004)
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I Love Paris (Porter)
Ella Fitzgerald — Sings The Cole Porter Songbook (Verve, 1997)
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La Vie En Rose (Louiguy/Piaf)
Edith Piaf — Cocktail Hour: Edith Piaf (Parlophone, 1991)
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La Mer (Trenet)
Charles Trenet — Definitive Collection (Not Now, 2010)
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Beyond the Sea (La Mer) [Excerpt] (Trenet)
Django Reinhardt — Djangology 49 (BMG, 1990)
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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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