Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Lea DeLaria: Live Smoke

Lea DeLaria is a singer and actress who in recent years has forged a unique popular-song repertoire that draws on both standards and modern pop-rock.

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Lea Delaria tackles music by Cole Porter and Lester Young on her release LIVE SMOKE.

DeLaria Live SmokeLea DeLaria is a singer, actress, and comedienne who in recent years has forged a unique popular-song repertoire and approach, drawing on both standards/Broadway tunes and modern pop-rock for her material. Her recent CD The Live Smoke Session emphasizes the more traditional, storied annals of American songbook, including three Cole Porter songs as well as “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and the Lester Young proto-bop tune “Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid.” This edition of Afterglow also features music from Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, Zoot Sims, Dizzy Gillespie, and Duke Ellington.

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Just By Myself
Dizzy Gillespie — Verve/Philips Small Group Sessions (Mosaic, 2008)
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Just By Myself
Dizzy Gillespie — Verve/Philips Small Group Sessions (Mosaic, 2008)
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Never Let Me Go
Nancy Wilson — Yesterday's Love Songs...Today's Blues (Blue Note, 1963)
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Sentimental Journey
Lou Rawls — Black and Blue/Tobacco Road (Capitol, 1962)
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Shadow Waltz
Zoot Sims — If I'm Lucky (Pablo, 1978)
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Down With Love
Lea DeLaria — The Live Smoke Sessions (Ghostlight Records, 2008)
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Why Don't You Do Right?
Lea DeLaria — The Live Smoke Sessions (Ghostlight Records, 2008)
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Night and Day
Lea DeLaria — Live Smoke Sessions (Ghostlight Records, 2008)
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Lover Come Back to Me
Duke Ellington/Al Hibbler — Cornell University (MusicMasters, 1948)
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Brown Betty
Duke Ellington — Cornell University (MusicMasters, 1948)
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You Don't Know What Love Is
Lea DeLaria — Live Smoke Sessions (Ghostlight Records, 2008)
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Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
Lea DeLaria/Ian Shaw — Live Smoke Sessions (Ghostlight Records, 2008)
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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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