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October 28, 2013

 

Sheet music for the song

Dedicated To You

Popular song, more often than not, is about love—love won, love lost, love in doubt. This week we feature songs about the fulfillment of longed-for love.

September 24, 2013

 

Herb Jeffries singing with the Duke Ellington orchestra

Herb Jeffries At 100

Celebrating the centennial of the singer, actor, and last surviving member of Duke Ellington's early-1940s big band.

May 3, 2013

 

Cole Porter songbook

Afterglow Plays Cole Porter

Johnny Hartman, Blossom Dearie, Dean Martin and others help us pay tribute to the Indiana songwriter.

February 22, 2013

 

Jimmy Van Heusen

All The Way: The Jimmy Van Heusen Songbook

Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the music for numerous entries in the Great American Songbook, including "It Could Happen To You," "Come Fly With Me," and "Imagination."

April 24, 2012

 

songwriter

Out Of Nowhere: The Songs Of Edward Heyman

Some well-known songs by a little-known lyricist, sung by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and others.

April 8, 2011

 

Yip Harburg

That Old Devil Moon: Yip Harburg

Yip Harburg was a lyricist who grew up poor on the Lower East Side of New York City to write about rainbows, paper moons, Aprils in Paris, and much more.

May 22, 2010

 

Helen Forrest With Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw and the Singers

A tribute to bandleader Artie Shaw highlighting the records he made with vocalists, including Helen Forrest, Billie Holiday, and Mel Torme.

May 17, 2010

 

Gordon Jenkins musical prodigy

This Is All I Ask: Gordon Jenkins

Gordon Jenkins was renowned as an arranger, but he also wrote some hit songs. We'll hear them done by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and more.

January 1, 2010

 

Ben Webster's Stormy Weather Album Cover

Big Ben: A Ben Webster Centennial Tribute

A tribute to Ben Webster, a tenor saxophonist who had one of the warmest, most identifiable sounds of any 20th-century jazz musician.

December 25, 2009

 

Fireplace with fire and teapot

The Fireside Afterglow

“The Fireside Afterglow” has a laid-back seasonal theme with music that evokes love, reflection, peace, and the warm moods of winter.

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Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands

Cover for Charlie Parker big Band LP

We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?

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