In late 1966 singer and pianist Nina Simone signed with RCA Records and continued her genre-bending explorations of jazz, blues, pop, folk, and soul.
Many listeners know Peggy Lee as a great jazz singer, but she was also a prolific writer of songs—composing or co-composing nearly 200 of them.
Dick and Kiz Harp were a husband-and-wife, piano-and-vocals duo who ran their own nightclub (converted from a warehouse and called “The 90th Floor,” after a lesser-known Cole Porter song they performed) in Dallas, Texas at the end of the 1950s. They’ve developed a cult following among jazz-vocal aficionados …
Goofin' on Disney: how movie songs for kids made their way into the jazz world.
Perennially-hip jazz singer Mark Murphy got his start recording for Decca in the mid-1950s...
Jazz artists have occasionally revisited albums years or decades after their original release, sometimes re-recording them in their entirety.
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.
Hear jazz greats as they make appearances in memorable pop music.
We’ll hear a number of McCall's recordings with the Woody Herman big band, as well as small-group work, and more.
"The Late Miss D" features the last recordings of Dinah Washington, who died at the age of 38 in 1963.