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Java Jive: Jazz Coffee Songs

coffeeOn this edition of Night Lights it’s “Java Jive: Jazz Coffee Songs,” a caffeinated brew of music to help keep your weekend warm. The program includes classics such as Sarah Vaughan’s “Black Coffee” (as well as Sonny Criss’ mid-1960s instrumental version) and obscurities such as the Larks’ “Coffee, Cigarettes and Tears,” in addition to Jeri Southern’s “Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories,” Carmen McRae’s “Coffeetime” (an ode to bohemian coffeehouses from the 1960 film The Subterraneans), Barry Harris’ “Morning Coffee,” the Boswell Sisters’ “Coffee in the Morning (Kisses at Night)” and a host of other buzz-inducing odes to the world’s most popular beverage.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Composer: Mary Lou Williams

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Black Coffee
Sarah Vaughan — Divine Sarah Vaughan: the Columbia Years 1949-53 (Sony, 1949)

Notes: Composer: Burke-Webster

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You're the Cream in My Coffee
Nat King Cole — Best of the Nat King Cole Trio: the Vocal Classics 1942-46 (Capitol, 1946)

Notes: Composer: Henderson-DeSylva-Brown

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Coffee Time
Carmen McRae — Hollywood Swing and Jazz (Rhino, 1960)

Notes: Composer: Harry Warren-Arthur Freed

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Goofin' at the Coffeehouse
Henry Mancini — More Music From Peter Gunn (RCA Victor, 1959)

Notes: Composer: Henry Mancini

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Coffee and Cakes
Una Mae Carlisle — 1941-44 (Classics, 1941)

Notes: Composer: Carlisle-Sour

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Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories
Jeri Southern — Southern Breeze/Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories (EMI, 1958)

Notes: Composer: Stuart/Reade

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Coffee, Cigarettes and Tears
The Larks — The Dawn of Doo-Wop (Proper, 1951)

Notes: Composer: Nelson-Rollins

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Morning Coffee
Barry Harris — At the Jazz Workshop (OJC, 1960)

Notes: Composer: Barry Harris

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The Coffee Song
Frank Sinatra — Complete Columbia Recordings (Columbia Legacy, 1946)

Notes: Composer: Hilliard-Miles

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Java Jive
Ink Spots — Ink Spots (Smash)

Notes: Composer: Drake-Oakland

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Coffee Pot
J.J. Johnson — Eminent J.J. Johnson V. 2 (Blue Note, 1954)

Notes: Composer: J.J. Johnson

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Coffee in the Morning (Kisses at Night)
Boswell Sisters — Boswell Sisters V. 4 (Nostalgia Arts, 1933)

Notes: Composer: Dubin-Warren

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Black Coffee
Sonny Criss — This Is Criss! (Prestige/OJC, 1966)

Notes: Composer: Burke-Webster

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Too Much Coffee Man
Bob Dorough — Too Much Coffee Man (Blue Note, 2000)

Notes: Composer: Bob Dorough

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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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  • Carol

    Nice combo – coffee and jazz, two of my favlurite things! Btw just for info, Clark Tracey did a marvellous arrangement of Black Coffee on his album ‘Stability’ – with a string quartet and with the ‘vocal’ part played by a saxophonist. Lovely! :=)

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