Night Lights Classic Jazz

The Jazz Standards, With Ted Gioia

Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights this week to talk about his latest book.

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Ted Gioia's The Jazz Standards

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Setting the standard: Ted Gioia's book takes a look at what makes more than 250 of them tick.

Throughout the history of jazz, musicians have mined the rich depths of popular song for their improvisations, and many individual songs have been used over and over again. Jazz scholar Ted Gioia, who has written several notable books about music including West Coast Jazz and The History Of Jazz, has now turned his sights on the subject of jazz repertoire. His book The Jazz Standards is an encyclopedic investigation of more than 250 songs that make up a significant part of the jazz canon, focusing on the origins of the songs, the elements that have made them appealing to jazz musicians, and compelling or significant recordings of the songs. He joins Night Lights this week to discuss some of those songs and what their appeal has been to jazz musicians. We’ll hear performances of the songs by Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Sonny Clark, and others.

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Summertime
Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald — Porgy And Bess (Verve, 2008)
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Summertime
Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald — Porgy And Bess (Verve, 2008)
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Complete Capitol Recordings 1943-47
Stan Kenton/June Christy — How High The Moon (Mosaic, 1995)
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I'll Remember April
Erroll Garner — Concert By The Sea (Sony, 1987)
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St. Louis Blues
Gil Evans — Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (Blue Note, 2006)
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Desafinado (45 version)
Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd — Jazz Samba (Polygram, 1997)
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Stardust (midpoint music bed)
Chu Berry — Tenor Giants (GRP, 2000)
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All The Things You Are
Milt Jackson/Thelonious Monk — Wizard Of The Vibes (Blue Note, 2001)
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Chelsea Bridge
Ben Webster — Music For Loving (Polygram, 1995)
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Speak Low
Sonny Clark/John Coltrane — Sonny's Crib (Blue Note, 1998)
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Round Midnight
Miles Davis/Thelonious Monk — Round About Midnight (Legacy edition) (Sony, 2005)
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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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