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Sarah Vaughan: Live in Japan

Listen to Sarah Vaughan's voice in prime form as she glides through standards such as “The Nearness of You,” “I Remember You,” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.”

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Sarah Vaughan's Live in Japan is an often-overlooked concert album from 1973, where she glides through standards such as “The Nearness of You,” “I Remember You,” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.”

This week on Afterglow it’s “Sarah Vaughan: Live in Japan.”

This often-overlooked concert album from 1973 finds the singer’s voice in prime form and her spirit in a playful mood as she nears age 50, gliding through standards such as “The Nearness of You,” “I Remember You,” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.”

We’ll also hear music from June Christy, Mark Murphy, Sonny Rollins, Earl Hines, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

I'm Comin' Virginia
Bix Beiderbecke/Frankie Trumbauer — Comp. Okeh and Brunswick Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, and Jack Teagarden Sessions 1924-36 (Mosaic, 1927)
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I'm Comin' Virginia
Bix Beiderbecke/Frankie Trumbauer — Comp. Okeh and Brunswick Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, and Jack Teagarden Sessions 1924-36 (Mosaic, 1927)
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Without Your Love
Billie Holiday — Lady Day (Columbia/Legacy, 1937)

Notes: With Lester Young on tenor saxophone.

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Moon Dreams (live)
Miles Davis — Complete Birth of the Cool (Capitol Jazz, 1948)

Notes: Live performance from the Royal Roost, Sept. 1948

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It Never Entered My Mind
Mark Murphy — Once to Every Heart (Verve, 2005)
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Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
June Christy — Ballads for Night People (Capitol Jazz, 1959)
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The Perfect Nanny
Duke Ellington — Mary Poppins (Reprise, 1964)
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Heaven
Earl Hines — Plays Duke Ellington (New World Records, 1975)
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Too Late Now
Peggy Lee — Black Coffee and Other Delights (Decca, 1956)
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Strength and Sanity
Dave Douglas — In Our Lifetime (New World/Countercurrents, 1995)

Notes: Booker Little composition.

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Lost in a Fog
Ella Fitzgerald — Hello Love (Verve, 1957)

Notes: Frank DeVol conducting and arranging.

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Life Is a Groove (Jordu)
Karrin Allyson — Footprints (Concord, 2006)

Notes: Based on a Duke Jordan composition.

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Wonderful! Wonderful!
Sonny Rollins — Newk's Time (Blue Note, 1957)
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A Foggy Day
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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Poor Butterfly
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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The Lamp Is Low
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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Misty
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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My Funny Valentine
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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Watch What Happens
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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I Remember You
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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The Nearness of You
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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Willow Weep for Me
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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Bye Bye Blackbird
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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Round Midnight
Sarah Vaughan — Live in Japan (Mainstream, 1973)
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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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