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February 19, 2014


Photo of LP cover for Matt Dennis Plays and Sings Matt Dennis.

Angel Eyes: The Matt Dennis Songbook

A centennial celebration of the composer who gave us "Everything Happens To Me," "Violets For Your Furs," and other songs that ranged from wistful to winsome.

November 26, 2013


cover image of Frank Sinatra's She Shot Me Down LP

The Last Saloon: Frank Sinatra’s She Shot Me Down

In 1981 Frank Sinatra called on the talents of several longtime collaborators and friends to produce what some consider to be the singer's final masterpiece.

September 13, 2013


Dorsey Pied Pipers

The Big Bands’ Vocal Groups

At the height of the swing era many big bands included small singing ensembles in their performances and recordings.

August 12, 2013


Frank Sinatra Axel Stordahl

Sinatra + Stordahl

Singer Frank Sinatra and arranger Axel Stordahl teamed up for some of the most influential ballad recordings of mid-20th-century American popular song.

July 14, 2013


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It’s Magic: Afterglow Plays Sammy Cahn, Volume One

Sammy Cahn came out of New York City’s Lower Eastside to provide the lyrics for some of America’s best-known standards.

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."

June 22, 2012


John Lennon and Paul McCartney

The Lennon-McCartney Songbook

In the 1960s the Beatles' primary songwriters rocked the world of jazz and popular song. Decades later, Beatles songs themselves have become standards.

April 24, 2012



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.

August 15, 2011


Jimmy Webb

The Jimmy Webb Songbook

A tribute to the songwriter featuring interpretations of his music from Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Rivers, Nina Simone, and more.

July 11, 2011


Nina Simone 1960s

Nina Simone Sings Songs Of The 1960s

Singer Nina Simone took songs of the counterculture and made them her own.

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