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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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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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