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New York City Cabaret Music

This week on Afterglow we feature The Erteguns’ New York: New York Cabaret Music, which chronicles the cabaret jazz singers in 1940s and 50s Manhattan.

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The New York City Cabaret Music offers up stylish, elegant, and witty musical fare from the Golden Age of hip supper-club entertainment.

This week on Afterglow we feature songs from The Erteguns’ New York: New York Cabaret Music .

Compiled by Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, this collection chronicles the cabaret jazz singers that he and his brother Nesuhi enjoyed seeing in the world of 1940s and 50s Manhattan.

Performers include Sylvia Sims, Mabel Mercer, Chris Connor, and lesser-knowns such as Mae Barnes and Ted Straetter, all of them offering up stylish, elegant, and witty musical fare from the Golden Age of hip supper-club entertainment.

We’ll also have two birthday-set tributes to singer Ella Fitzgerald.

Music Heard On This Episode

Down in the Depths on the 90th Floor
Sylvia Sims — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1952)
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Down in the Depths on the 90th Floor
Sylvia Sims — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1952)

Notes: Cole Porter song.

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What Will the Neighbors Say?
Mae Barnes — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1953)
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The Laziest Gal in Town
Mae Barnes — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1953)

Notes: Cole Porter song.

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This Is New
Greta Keller — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1953)

Notes: With Cy Walter on piano.

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The Lady's in Love With You
Barbara Carroll — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1951)
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Bye Bye Blackbird
Bobby Short — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1955)
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Something's Gotta Give
Ted Straetter — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1955)

Notes: Johnny Mercer song.

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All of You
Ted Straetter — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1955)
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Paradise
Sylvia Sims — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1954)
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I Miss You So
Chris Connor — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1956)
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Moonray
Ella Fitzgerald/Chick Webb — Early Years--Part 2 (Decca, 1939)
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Someone to Watch Over Me
Ella Fitzgerald — Ella (Decca, 1950)

Notes: With Ellis Larkins on piano.

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Maybe
Ella Fitzgerald — Ella (Decca, 1950)

Notes: With Ellis Larkins on piano.

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Tea for Two
Sylvia Sims — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1954)
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The Kid's a Dreamer
Joe Mooney — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1956)
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Thou Swell
Billy Taylor — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1951)
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Topsy
Mae Barnes — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1953)

Notes: Irving Berlin song.

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While We're Young
Mabel Mercer — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1954)

Notes: Co-written by Alec Wilder.

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This Is It
Ted Straetter — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1955)
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Who Cares
Cy Walter — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1957)
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The Night We Called It a Day
Chris Connor — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1958)
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Under the Spell of the Blues
Ella Fitzgerald/Chick Webb — Early Years--Part 1 (Decca, 1935)
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I Concentrate on You
Ella Fitzgerald — Sings the Cole Porter Songbook (Verve, 1956)
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There's a Lull in My Life
Ella Fitzgerald — Like Someone in Love (Verve, 1957)

Notes: With Stan Getz on tenor sax.

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I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco
Carmen McRae — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1967)
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I Like the Likes of You
Bobby Short — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1955)
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Sand in My Shoes
Bobby Short — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1955)
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Something to Live For
Chris Connor — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1956)

Notes: Billy Strayhorn song. Ralph Burns conducting and arranging.

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Ours
Mabel Mercer — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1954)

Notes: Cole Porter song.

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Our Love Is Here to Stay
Joe Bushkin — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1985)
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Manhattan
Mel Torme — New York Cabaret Music (Atlantic, 1963)
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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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