We’re keeping on the sunny side of the street this week, as we explore some uplifting tunes like “Get Happy,” “I Want To Be Happy,” and “Put On A Happy Face.”
A look at some new vocal jazz records by Jazzmeia Horn, Kurt Elling, and Harry Connick, Jr.
Connee Boswell, the lead singer of the Boswell Sisters, was one of the first innovators in vocal jazz.
For Anita O'Day's centennial celebration, we explore her groundbreaking jazz recordings for Clef and Verve Records in the 1950s.
This week, vocal jazz interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including Dylan covers by Nina Simone, Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux and more.
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.
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.
An interview with French-born jazz singer Cyrille Aimée, discussing her latest album of all Sondheim songs
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.
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.
"The Song Is You," "The Song Is Ended," "I Poured My Heart Into The Song," and other songs about music on this episode.
“Baltimore Oriole,” “Skylark,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” and other songs about birds from the Great American Songbook.
An exploration of legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans and his few sessions with singers Tony Bennett, Lucy Reed, Helen Merrill and Mark Murphy.
Some traditional songs of the season, like "Summer Wind," "Summertime," and "Too Darn Hot."
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.
We remember Doris Day, who passed away last month at age 97, and her work singing jazz with Les Brown, Andre Previn and more.
This week, we take a look at some recent releases in the world of vocal jazz.
Even as early as the 1940s, Bing Crosby was already considered a jazz legend
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
We take a stroll through the Great American Songbook with walking songs like "Love Walked In" and "I Walk A Little Faster."
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."
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.”
"Ain't Misbehavin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Black And Blue," and more songs by songwriters Andy Razaf and Fats Waller.
"This Funny World," "Sing For Your Supper," "To Keep My Love Alive" and other rarities from the Rodgers and Hart catalog.
In 1958, a 39-year-old Nat King Cole had the most remarkable year, recording over 100 songs.