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Jazz Cameos

ByrdsEven if you don’t usually listen to jazz, chances are that you’ve heard Sonny Rollins, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Hugh Masekela, Chet Baker, and other jazz luminaries… did you know that it was Rollins soloing on the Rolling Stones’ “I’m Just Waiting on a Friend”? Woods on Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are”? West Coast saxophonist Curtis Amy wailing away on the Doors’ “Touch Me”? Hear all of these and more as we explore “Jazz Cameos” on this edition of Night Lights.

UPDATE: check out Jazzwax blogger Marc Myers’ interview with Phil Woods on the story behind his appearance on “Just the Way You Are”.

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: Opening theme.

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Just the Way You Are
Billy Joel — The Stranger (Sony, 1977)

Notes: Featuring alto saxophonist Phil Woods.

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So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n Roll Star
The Byrds — Younger Than Yesterday (Columbia/Legacy, 1967)

Notes: Featuring trumpeter Hugh Masekela.

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Shipbuilding
Elvis Costello — Punch the Clock (Rykodisc, 1983)

Notes: Featuring trumpeter Chet Baker.

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Poetry Man
Phoebe Snow — Phoebe Snow (Right Stuff, 1974)

Notes: Featuring tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims.

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Lonely Women
Laura Nyro — Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (Sony, 1968)

Notes: Featuring tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims.

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Waiting on a Friend
Rolling Stones — Tattoo You (Virgin, 1981)

Notes: Featuring tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

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Fortress Around Your Heart
Sting — Dream of the Blue Turtles (A & M, 1985)

Notes: Featuring Branford Marsalis on soprano sax.

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Touch Me
Doors — Soft Parade (Elektra, 1969)

Notes: Featuring Curtis Amy on tenor sax.

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It's Too Late
Carole King — Tapestry (Epic/Legacy, 1971)

Notes: Featuring Curtis Amy on soprano sax.

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Heroin
Lou Reed — Between Thought and Expression (BMG, 1976)

Notes: Featuring Don Cherry on trumpet. Live performance from the Roxy.

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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Philips, 1963)

Notes: Closing theme.

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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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