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Songs of the Season: Summer

Here comes the summer! The Lighthouse All-Stars, Nat King Cole, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more offer up warm-weather serenades.

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In the Good Old Summertime

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Songs of the season for warm weather.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Songs of the Season: Summertime,” as we greet the arrival of June with music from Helen Merrill, Irene Kral, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Astrud Gilberto, and much more, including a set of songs devoted to that favorite summer pastime, fishing.

Music Heard On This Episode

Summertime
Helen Merrill/Gil Evans — Collaboration (Emarcy, 1987)
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Summertime
Helen Merrill/Gil Evans — Collaboration (Emarcy, 1987)
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June Comes Around Every Year
Woody Herman — Live in '45: V. 2, Northwest Passage (Jass Records, 1945)

Notes: Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer song from the film OUT OF THIS WORLD. Sung by Woody Herman.

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June Is Bustin' Out All Over
A.K. Salim — Jazz Is Bustin' Out All Over (LP) (Savoy, 1957)

Notes: Featuring Frank Wess on tenor sax, Hank Jones on piano, and Joe Wilder on trumpet.

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Memphis in June
Irene Kral — The Band and I (Capitol Jazz, 1958)

Notes: Kral accompanied by the Herb Pomeroy Orchestra.

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June
Barney Bigard/Duke Ellington — Complete RCA Victor Recordings (RCA, 1941)

Notes: Barney Bigard composition.

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Once Upon a Summertime
Mark Murphy — Love Is What Stays (Verve, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Summer Day
Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau — Metheny/Mehldau (Nonesuch, 2006)
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When It's Summer
Nat King Cole — L.O.V.E.--Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-64 (Bear Family, 1961)
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Desifinado
Antonio Carlos Jobim — The Man From Ipanema (Verve, 1994)

Notes: With Joe Henderson on tenor sax.

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Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
Stan Getz — Getz/Gilberto (Verve, 1963)

Notes: With Joao and Astrud Gilberto on vocals.

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Jazz Samba
Antonio Carlos Jobim — The Composer of Desafinado Plays (Verve, 1963)

Notes: Also available on THE MAN FROM IPANEMA.

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Summer Song
Louis Armstrong — The Real Ambassadors (Columbia Legacy, 1962)

Notes: Dave & Iola Brubeck composition, also available on Brubeck's VOCAL ENCOUNTERS.

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Downtown
Shirley Scott — Talkin' Verve (Verve, 1965)

Notes: Arrangement by Gary McFarland (who also plays vibraharp on the track).

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Summer Song
Yusef Lateef — The Centaur and the Phoenix (Riverside, 1960)
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Gone Fishin'
Louis Armstrong/Bing Crosby — Back Through the Years (MCA, 1951)
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I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
Peggy Lee — Singles Collection (Capitol, 1960)
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Fishin' Blues
Taj Mahal — Essential Taj Mahal (Columbia/Legacy, 1969)
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Goin' Fishin'
Dizzy Gillespie — Verve/Philips Small Group Sessions (Mosaic, 1960)

Notes: Dizzy Gillespie on vocals.

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Long, Long Summer
Dizzy Gillespie — Verve/Philips Small Group Sessions (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: Lalo Schifrin composition.

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Warm Winds
Lighthouse All-Stars — Oboe/Flute (Contemporary, 1954)

Notes: Bob Cooper composition. With Cooper on oboe, Bud Shank on flute.

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Hermosa Summer
Lighthouse All-Stars — Oboe/Flute (Contemporary, 1954)

Notes: Bob Cooper composition. With Cooper on oboe, Bud Shank on flute.

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County Fair
Dick & Kiz Harp — At the 90th Floor (90th Floor Records, 1959)
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Summer Night
Miles Davis — Quiet Nights (Columbia Legacy, 1963)
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Summer Sequence Pts. 1-3
Woody Herman — California Concerts 1949 (Encore, 1949)
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Summer Sequence Pt. 4
Woody Herman — Blowin' Up a Storm (Columbia Legacy, 1947)
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