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November 18, 2008

 

Sassy’s Happy Sobs: Sarah Vaughan at the White House

Sarah VaughanAn article in the Sunday, November 9 New York Times about the history of African-American visitors to the White House came with a jazz twist at the end involving Sarah Vaughan. Vaughan performed at the White House in 1964 as part of a state dinner hosted by president Lyndon B. Johnson for the prime minister of Japan. In Leslie Gourse’s Vaughan biography pianist Bob James described the singer’s nervousness before her appearance in the East Room, an area with an intimacy that James compared to “working in a living room.”

January 2, 2008

 

“Jazz Impressions of Show Boat” Part 1

Kenny Dorham Show BoatLast Friday evening’s Afterglow program, featuring jazz and jazz-vocal interpretations of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s songs for the musical Show Boat, is now available for online listening…

August 16, 2007

 

Live From Monterey: Louis, Miles, Dizzy, Joe and More

Miles Davis MontereyThe Monterey Jazz Festival is coming up on its 50th anniversary, and I’m assuming that’s why a series of CDs featuring performances by Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Sarah Vaughan, and others is coming out next week. I’m listening today to a highlights promo…

August 11, 2007

 

Benny Carter

The King At Midpoint: Benny Carter

Carter wrote jazz standards, mastered two instruments, opened doors for black composers in Hollywood, and served as a mentor to many young jazz musicians.

July 1, 2007

 

New DVD releases from Jazz Icons

Jazz IconsThe very cool Jazz Icons DVD series has announced the release of seven more titles, including concerts by Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Dave Brubeck, and Charles Mingus.

January 7, 2006

 

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”…

September 10, 2005

 

The Man Before Miles: Freddie Webster

Trumpeter Freddie Webster, who influenced both Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, is one of the great lost-legend stories of jazz.

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