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September 16, 2006


Duke Ellington Mary Poppins

Jazz Goes Disney

Goofin' on Disney: how movie songs for kids made their way into the jazz world.

August 5, 2006


Hip Parade: Early Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy Hip ParadePerennially-hip jazz singer Mark Murphy got his start recording for Decca in the mid-1950s, with albums that featured arrangements by Ralph Burns. Decca producer Milt Gabler, who signed Murphy, said he thought the vocalist “every bit as good as…

July 15, 2006


Something Cool

Do It Again: Jazz Remakes

Jazz artists have occasionally revisited albums years or decades after their original release, sometimes re-recording them in their entirety.

July 1, 2006


Nat King Cole’s St. Louis Blues

A so-called “biopic” of the blues composer W.C. Handy’s life, St. Louis Blues was Nat King Cole’s only role as a leading man.

June 17, 2006


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”?…

June 3, 2006


Detour Ahead: Mary Ann McCall

Mary McCallMary Ann McCall, whom Johnny Mandel once called “the greatest of all the big band singers,” is a secret heroine of American jazz vocal music. Little-known today, and not widely recorded during even the most active periods of her career, she has sometimes…

March 25, 2006


The Late Miss D: Dinah Washington on Roulette, 1962-63

"The Late Miss D" features the last recordings of Dinah Washington, who died at the age of 38 in 1963.

March 11, 2006


You Better Go Now: Jeri Southern

Jeri SouthernPianist and torch-jazz singer Jeri Southern recorded half a dozen albums for Decca in the 1950s, scoring hits with songs such as “When I Fall in Love,” “Joey,” and “You Better Go Now.” Her intimate, near-speaking approach to vocals…

March 4, 2006


Billie Holiday

Ghosts of Yesterday: Billie Holiday and the Two Irenes

An iconic singer, a songwriter (or two) named Irene, lost love and inspiration, and a history-mystery of identity.

February 25, 2006



Black Vocal Harmony Groups of the 1930s and 1940s

In the decades before doo-wop, soul, and rock ‘n roll, there was an explosion of African-American singing ensembles that paved the way for the later styles.

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