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August 10, 2018

 

Kind Of Blue: Blue Feelings In Popular Song

"Born To Be Blue," "Blue Moon," "Blue Turning Grey Over You," and other songs about the color blue on this week's show.

August 3, 2018

 

Norman Granz: The Jazz Advocate

A centennial celebration of Norman Granz, concert promoter, record label owner, and one of the biggest civil rights activists in jazz in the 1940s and 50s.

July 23, 2018

 

The Great American Songbook Blacklist

How the Hollywood Blacklist affected music stars like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and Harry Belafonte

July 20, 2018

 

Swingin’ on the Moon

On this show, we're looking up at the moon, examining lunar songs of all kinds, with a focus on Mel Tormé's 1960 concept album "Swingin' on the Moon."

July 6, 2018

 

An All-American Road Trip

A road trip to different U.S. states, with songs like "Georgia On My Mind," "I Been Down In Texas," "Mississippi Mud," and "Massachusetts."

June 22, 2018

 

Recent Releases 2018, Part 1

On this episode, we look at recent albums from Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Van Morrison, and more.

June 8, 2018

 

The Mystery Of Irene Higginbotham

Irene Higginbotham (1918–1988) was the songwriter behind such Billie Holiday songs as "Good Morning Heartache" and "No Good Man."

May 25, 2018

 

The Songs That Won The War

The songs of the war effort during World War II, including "G.I. Jive," "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition," and "Long Ago (And Far Away)"

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