On this episode, we’re doing something that we do every six months or so on the show and highlighting some new vocal jazz records that have been released in the calendar year so far. This year has seen new records by some jazz mainstays, including Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Mary Stallings, and Bloomington-based singer Rachel Caswell. One of the more exciting releases from the past six months comes from hard-bop piano legend Harold Mabern, who recorded a number of songs with singers such as Norah Jones and Gregory Porter.
2015 also marks the centennial of two of the most beloved interpreters of the Great American songbook: Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. We’ll hear in this show selections from two recent tribute records to Billie Holiday by singers José James and Cassandra Wilson. We’ll also hear an unreleased track from a brand new Frank Sinatra box set, plus a track from a very unexpected tribute album to Frank Sinatra by Bob Dylan.
See Part 2, which features releases for the second half of 2015.