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Something Old, Something New: Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson has been a mainstay on the jazz vocal scene ever since her breakthrough 1961 album with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.

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The host of NPR’s Jazz Profiles, Nancy Wilson's new album Turned To Blue.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Nancy Wilson: Something Old, Something New.” Nancy Wilson, the host of NPR’s Jazz Profiles , has been a mainstay on the jazz vocal scene ever since her breakthrough 1961 album with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.

We’ll feature a set of music from her new CD Turned to Blue, as well as selections from new reissues of two classic 1960s Capitol LPs, Broadway My Way and Hollywood My Way.

Hoagy Carmichael, Sheila Jordan, Art Pepper, Helen Merrill, and the Modern Jazz Quartet are some of the other artists we’ll hear this week on Afterglow.

Music Heard On This Episode

But Not For Me
Modern Jazz Quartet — Django (Prestige, 1953)
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But Not For Me
Modern Jazz Quartet — Django (Prestige, 1953)
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Moonglow
Little Jimmy Scott — Milestone Profiles (Milestone, 2000)
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Quietly There
Bill Perkins — Quietly There (Riverside, 1966)
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Days of Wine and Roses
Roy Ayers — West Coast Vibes (EMI/Mighty Quinn, 1963)
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Skylark
Helen Forrest/Harry James — Bandstand Memories 1938-48 (Hindsight)

Notes: Live recording.

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Ole Buttermilk Sky
Hoagy Carmichael — Ole Buttermilk Sky (Decca, 1946)

Notes: From the film CANYON PASSAGE.

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Baltimore Oriole
Helen Merrill — The Feeling Is Mutual (LP) (Milestone, 1967)
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I Get Along Without You Very Well
Frank Sinatra — In the Wee Small Hours (Capitol, 1955)
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In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Keith Jarrett — At the Blue Note: the Complete Recordings (ECM, 1994)
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I'm a Fool to Want You
Sheila Jordan — Portrait of Sheila (Blue Note, 1964)

Notes: Co-written by Frank Sinatra.

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There Is No Greater Love
Etta Jones/Ray Brown — Some of My Best Friends Are... Singers (TelArc, 1998)
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Star Eyes
Art Pepper — Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (Contemporary, 1957)
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Lot of Livin' to Do
Nancy Wilson — Broadway My Way (Capitol Jazz, 1962)
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You Can Have Him
Nancy Wilson — Broadway My Way (Capitol Jazz, 1962)
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I Believe In You
Nancy Wilson — Broadway My Way (Capitol Jazz, 1962)
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Come Back to Me
Nancy Wilson — Broadway My Way (Capitol Jazz, 1965)
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This Is All I Ask
Nancy Wilson — Turned to Blue (MCG Jazz, 2006)

Notes: Gordon Jenkins song. Bob Mintzer on tenor sax.

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Turned to Blue
Nancy Wilson — Turned to Blue (MCG Jazz, 2006)

Notes: Lyrics from a poem by Maya Angelou.

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Knitting Class
Nancy Wilson — Turned to Blue (MCG Jazz, 2006)

Notes: Featuring Jimmy Heath on tenor sax.

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More
Nancy Wilson — Hollywood My Way (Capitol Jazz, 1965)
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Dearly Beloved
Nancy Wilson — Hollywood My Way (Capitol Jazz, 1963)
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Did I Remember
Nancy Wilson — Hollywood My Way (Capitol Jazz, 1963)
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As Time Goes By
Dexter Gordon — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1979)

Notes: Live performance from the Keystone in San Francisco.

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