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October 31, 2019

 

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The Magic of Connee Boswell

Connee Boswell, the lead singer of the Boswell Sisters, was one of the first innovators in vocal jazz.

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October 18, 2019

 

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Cool Heat: Anita O'Day in the 1950s

For Anita O'Day's centennial celebration, we explore her groundbreaking jazz recordings for Clef and Verve Records in the 1950s.

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October 4, 2019

 

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The Bob Dylan Songbook

This week, vocal jazz interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including Dylan covers by Nina Simone, Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux and more.

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September 18, 2019

 

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Stevie Wonder in the 1960s

This week, we explore the highs and lows of Stevie Wonder's first decade in the music industry, a time when he experimented with jazz, pop, soul, and the Great American Songbook.

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September 12, 2019

 

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Song Confusions

Was “Heat Wave” an Irving Berlin song or a Motown song? Was “In The Still of the Night” a Cole Porter song or a doo-wop song? This week, we explore common confusions in the Great American Songbook.

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September 11, 2019

 

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Interview with Singer Cyrille Aimée

An interview with French-born jazz singer Cyrille Aimée, discussing her latest album of all Sondheim songs

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September 6, 2019

 

The Great American Songbook Blacklist

The Hollywood Blacklist didn’t only affect the film industry. On this episode, a look at the repercussions the blacklist had on musicians in the 1950s, like Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, and Yip Harburg.

August 29, 2019

 

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João Gilberto: A Memorial

In Brazil, singer and guitarist João Gilberto was known as “O Mito” ("The Legend") and the man who invented the bossa nova sound. Gilberto passed away in July at age 88.

August 23, 2019

 

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I Hear Music: Songs About Songwriting

"The Song Is You," "The Song Is Ended," "I Poured My Heart Into The Song," and other songs about music on this episode.

August 9, 2019

 

For The Birds: Songs About Birds

“Baltimore Oriole,” “Skylark,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” and other songs about birds from the Great American Songbook.

July 26, 2019

 

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Bill Evans and the Singers

An exploration of legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans and his few sessions with singers Tony Bennett, Lucy Reed, Helen Merrill and Mark Murphy.

July 19, 2019

 

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Songs Of The Season: Summer 2019

Some traditional songs of the season, like "Summer Wind," "Summertime," and "Too Darn Hot."

July 12, 2019

 

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Jimmy McHugh: I Feel A Song Coming On

Songwriter Jimmy McHugh wrote memorable American classics like “On The Sunny Side of the Street” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” This week, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of his birth.

June 28, 2019

 

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Doris Day, Jazz Singer

We remember Doris Day, who passed away last month at age 97, and her work singing jazz with Les Brown, Andre Previn and more.

June 21, 2019

 

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Recent Releases 2019, Part 1

This week, we take a look at some recent releases in the world of vocal jazz.

May 31, 2019

 

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Bing Crosby Duets

Even as early as the 1940s, Bing Crosby was already considered a jazz legend

May 24, 2019

 

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Sassy: Sarah Vaughan In The Late 1950s

The late 1950s was the time when Sarah Vaughan became jazz royalty. “Sassy,” as she was called, had signed to Mercury Records, and her career moved in two different directions simultaneously

May 8, 2019

 

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I Walk With Music: Songs About Walking

We take a stroll through the Great American Songbook with walking songs like "Love Walked In" and "I Walk A Little Faster."

April 26, 2019

 

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Vernon Duke: Taking A Chance On Love

Vernon Duke immigrated to America as a classical composer, and went on to write such popular hits as "April in Paris" and "I Can Get Started."

April 19, 2019

 

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Swingin’ With Kay Starr

A look at some of the jazz and swing tunes from the 1940s Capitol Records diva Kay Starr, including “Them There Eyes” and “It’s A Good Day.”

April 5, 2019

 

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The Songs Of Razaf And Waller

"Ain't Misbehavin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Black And Blue," and more songs by songwriters Andy Razaf and Fats Waller.

March 29, 2019

 

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Blue Room: The Lost Rodgers and Hart

"This Funny World," "Sing For Your Supper," "To Keep My Love Alive" and other rarities from the Rodgers and Hart catalog.

March 22, 2019

 

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Nat King Cole Centennial: Cole’s Remarkable 1958

In 1958, a 39-year-old Nat King Cole had the most remarkable year, recording over 100 songs.

March 15, 2019

 

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Stormy Monday: Lou Rawls In The 1960s

Nat King Cole would have turned 100 years old on March 17, 2019. This week, we chronicle the decade the propelled him to stardom.

March 15, 2019

 

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Nat King Cole Centennial: Cole in the 1940s

Nat King Cole would have turned 100 years old on March 17, 2019. This week, we chronicle the decade the propelled him to stardom.

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