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September 11, 2015



Starry Eyed: Stars in the Great American Songbook

We're exploring the best "Stardust Melodies" from the Great American Songbook.

August 14, 2015


Oscar Peterson

And On Piano, Oscar Peterson…

Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson would have turned 90 this week. We'll be saluting him by showcasing his work with Ella Fitzgerald, Fred Astaire, and more.

July 24, 2015


Joe Williams

Count Basie and the Singers

This week, our spotlight is on just a few of the many singers who sang with Count Basie, including Jimmy Rushing, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, and more.

June 19, 2015


Jose James - Yesterday I Had the Blues

Recent Releases for 2015, Part 1

We're rounding up some recent vocal jazz releases from Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, and more.

May 22, 2015


Hammerstein and Berlin

The Oscar Hammerstein Songbook

On this week's program, our spotlight is on the music and career of one of America's greatest lyricists: Oscar Hammerstein II.

April 24, 2015


Peggy Lee Black Coffee

I Get a Kick: Vices in Popular Song

On this show, we explore the times when songwriters wrote about their vices: drinking, smoking, or even chewing gum.

April 17, 2015



The Jazz Singer-Songwriters

On this show, we take a look at the many songwriters who performed their own songs, including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and Nina Simone.

April 10, 2015


Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Leonard Feather

Billie Holiday and the Big Bands

A spotlight on Lady Day's time fronting big bands, including those of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw.

April 3, 2015


Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics

Tributes to the Lady

For Billie Holiday's centennial, we're exploring the many tribute albums created for "Lady Day"

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.

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