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20 Sep

Who wants to take a quiz? Of course you do! It’s a grammar quiz – and of course you don’t. Too bad; here it is: Present Perfect. I know – there’s nothing perfect about the present. I meant Present Perfect Tense. I know – could things get any more tense? You’re still not with me. The Present Perfect Tense describes something that began in the past and is still happening – like this interminable introduction. Present Perfect tense is formed by the word have or has followed by the past participle of a verb. For instance this introduction has shaken my trust in humanity. Which is a bit extreme, don’t you think? A better example would be all of the song titles in my playlist. Yes, it was another one of my self-indulgent and utterly futile attempts to Make Grammar Great Again (MGGA!) with a Musical Tribute to the Present Perfect Tense.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • WE’VE JUST BEGUN  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “We’ve Just Begun”
  • HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?  /  Tony Bennett & Stan Getz  /  “Jazz”
  • I’VE GOT A LOT OF LIVING TO DO  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Live At Rosy’s”
  • I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Standing Room Only”
  • I HAVE THE FEELING I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE  /  Greta Matassa  /  “Two For The Road”
  • I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE  /  Lorraine Craig & National Youth Jazz Orch.  /  “Shades of Blue & Green”
  • WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE  /  Erroll Garner  /  “Night Concert”
  • I AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES  /  Joe Williams  /  “Ballad & Blues Master”
  • I’VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At Zardi’s”
  • AFTER YOU’VE GONE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Phil Collins  /  “50 Years In Music”
  • I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER  /  Lea DeLaria  /  “Play It Cool”
  • HAVEN’T WE MET?  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Because Of You”
  • I NEVER HAS SEEN SNOW  /  Hilary Gardner & Ehud Asherie  /  “The Late Set”
  • I’VE BEEN AROUND  /  Frank Sinatra Jr. & Tierney Sutton & Pat Williams  /  “Home Suite Home”
  • I’VE FOUND A NEW BABY  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockhlm”
  • I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE  /  Lorez Alexandria  /  “Alexandria The Great”
  • I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING  /  Kenny Washington  /  “What’s The Hurry”
  • I’VE GOT NO STRINGS  /  Gina Saputo  /  “Swingin’ On A Star”
  • I MUST HAVE BEEN BLIND  /  Tim Buckley  /  “Blue Afternoon”
  • I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE  /  Brad Meldau Trio  /  “Anything Goes”
  • I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • YOU’VE CHANGED  /  George Michael  /  “Symphonica”
  • I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD  /  Heather Masse & Dick Hyman  /  “Lock My Heart”
  • I HAVE DREAMED  /  Kurt Elling & Branford Marsalis  /   “The Questions”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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28 Apr

Okay, I know I was celebrating International Jazz Day a little early. But I was eager to feature a few of the singers from around the world who are fighting the good fight to keep jazz alive, thriving, and swinging. I also asked some of my favorites to  record messages introducing a song or singer important and influential to them. Not surprisingly, these wonderful singers all chose American singers as their gold standard. If only that were true here in the country where jazz was born. 

(Country)  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • (Argentina)  /  I’M GONNA LOCK MY HEART  /  Karina Corradini  /  “Bridge To Infinity”
  • (Brazil)  /  THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU  /  Tony Bennett & Ana Carolina  /  “Viva Duets”
  • (France)  /  IL POETA  /  Sarah Lancman  /  “Intermezzo”
  • (Ireland)  /  MOVIES  /  Cormac Kenevey  /  “This Is Living”
  • (Introduction by Cormac Kenevey:)
  • CHEEK TO CHEEK  /  Mel Torme  /  “Mel Torme Sings Fred Astaire”
  • (Poland)  /  LAZY AFTERNOON  /  Beata Pater  /  “Tet”
  • (Italy)  /  ALMOST IN YOUR ARMS  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Sophia Loren  /  “I Wanna Guy”
  • (Belgium)  /  BLUES FOR IKE  /  Django Reinhardt  /  “Nuages”
  • (Sweden)  /  YOU’VE CHANGED  /  Ellen Andersson  /  “I’ll Be Seeing You”
  • (Introduction by Ellen Andersson:)
  • DOXY  /  Kurt Elling & Branford Marsalis  /  “Upward Spiral”
  • (Austria)  /  STICK TO WHAT YOU GOT  /  Marina & The Kats  /  “Stick To What You Got – Radio Edit”
  • (Switzerland)  /  MAKE SURE YOU’RE SURE  /  Nicole Herzog  /  “Intimacy”
  • (Ireland & Wales)  /  COOL LIFE  /  Judith Owen & Ian Shaw  /  “The Beautiful Damage Collection”
  • (Wales)  /  HOW LITTLE WE KNOW  /  Ian Shaw  /  “Shine Sister Shine”
  • (Introduction by Ian Shaw:)
  • BETTER DAYS  /  Dianne Reeves  /  “The Best Of Dianne Reeves”
  • (Australia)  /  IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE  /  Sarah McKenzie  /  “Secrets Of My Heart”
  • (Canada)  /  CHEZ MOI  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “Seur Ce Soir”
  • (Introduction by Emilie-Claire Barlow:)
  • SURREY WITH THE FRINGE ON TOP  /  Mel Torme  /  “Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley”
  • (Germany)  /  DAY DREAM  /  William Evans  /  “Schlitten”
  • (Mexico)  /  MY FOOLISH HEART  /  Iraida Noriega  /  “Quien Eres Tu?”
  • (Introduction by Iraida Noriega:)
  • ESPERANTO  /  Kurt Elling  /  “Live In Chicago”
  • (Germany)  /  BEING ME  /  Esther Kaiser  /  “Learning How To Listen”
  • (New York, NY)  /  PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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