Tag Archives: Brianna Thomas


17 Oct

Inflation…Ukraine…Covid…Insurrection…Midterm Elections…Kanye West… Probably ready to reach for a Prilosec – or something stronger, right? Yes, the world is too much with us, so I invited my audience to take a chill pill and live in a chill pill alternate reality – but only a micro-dose and for two hours. The world was still waiting for us after the show. Sigh…

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Eyal Vilner Big Band w/ Brianna Thomas  /  “Swing Out”
  • RELAX  /  Cormac Kenevey  /  “The Art Of Dreaming”
  • TEA FOR TWO  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Once Upon A Summertime”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Best Of Tony Bennett”
  • LET’S EAT HOME  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Still On The Road”
  • CHEROKEE  /  Dr. Lonnie Smith  /  “The Turbanator”
  • CONTROL YOURSELF  /  Doris Day & Andre Previn  /  “Duet”
  • DREAM  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ringo Starr  /  “Sentimental Journey”
  • LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE  /  Roberta Donnay  /   “What’s Your Story Morning Glory?”
  • I’M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO  /  Dr. John  /  “Afterglow”
  • LAZY AFTERNOON  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Lazy Afternoon”
  • LAST REQUEST  /  Frankie Valli & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “A Touch Of Jazz”
  • FEELIN’ GROOVY  /  Rachael MacFarlane  /  “Hayley Sings”
  • TEN MINUTES AGO  /  Seth MacFarlane  /  “Great Songs From Stage & Screen”
  • TIP TOE GENTLY  /  Kelley Johnson  /  “Something Good”
  • DON’TCHA GO ‘WAY MAD  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra & Swingin’ Brass”
  • GIVE ME THE SIMPLE LIFE  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Songs Were Made To Sing”
  • IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS  /  Oscar Peterson Trio  /  “Ultimate Oscar Peterson”
  • AIN’T DOIN’ BAD DOIN’ NOTHING  /  Barbara Lusch  /  “Barbara Lusch”
  • EASY LIVING  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • IT’S A QUIET THING  /  Madeline Eastman  /  “A Quiet Thing”
  • THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL  /  Joe Pesci  /  “Joe Pesci…Still Singing”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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3 Jan

Looking back at the god-awful events of 2020 was entirely too upsetting, although looking back at how I reacted to those events with my musical themes may be almost as upsetting. I think we can do better in 2021. We have to.

(BTW: I played the Michel Legrand as an anniversary shout-out to my wife. That cut was her processional at our wedding 51 years ago.) 

(Musical Theme)  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • (Social Distancing)  /  ALL BY MYSELF  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Oh Look At Me Now”
  • (Social Distancing)  /  ALONE TOGETHER  /  Alyssa Allgood  /  “Exactly Like You”
  • (Just Joe)  /  HAPPINESS IS JUST A THING CALLED JOE  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “The Songbook Collection”
  • (The Blues)  /  I AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES  /  Kenny Washington  /  “What’s The Hurry”
  • (Countries Who Don’t Want Us To Visit)  /   THIS CAN’T BE LOVE  /  John Alcorn & Molly Johnson  /  Quiet Night”
  • (Countries Who Don’t Want Us To Visit)  /   LONDON BY NIGHT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain”
  • (Suckers & Losers)  /  I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU  /  The Airmen Of Note w/ TSgt. Paige Martin  /  “Airmen Of Note – Live”
  • (Suckers & Losers)  /  I’M IN A DANCING MOOD  / Dave Brubeck Quartet  /  “Time Outtakes”
  • (Positive Vibes)  /  IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Brianna Thomas & Eyal Vilner Big Band  /  “Swing Out”
  • MY FUNNY VALENTINE  /  Michel LeGrand  /  ”Michel LeGrand At Shelly’s Manhole”
  • (World Mental Health Day)  /  SOMEONE’S BEEN SENDING ME FLOWERS  /  Blossom Dearie & Phil Scorgie  /  “Phil & Me”
  • (Let’s Go Clubbing/  /  THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU  /  Rachael Price & Jon Batiste  /  “Anatomy of Angels”
  • (Positive Vibes)  /  THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Freda Payne & Johnny Mathis  /  (Single)
  • (The Blues)  /  I JUST WANT TO BE HORIZONTAL  /  Samoa Wilson & Jim Kweskin band  /  “I Just Want to Be Horizontal”
  • (July 4th)  /  WE THE PEOPLE  /  Ben Sidran  /  “Who’s The Old Guy Now”
  • (Food & Drink)  /  TEA FOR TWO  /  Gretje Angel  /  “…In Any Key”
  • (I Couldn’t Let The Year Go Without Playing This)  /  THE THRILL IS GONE  /  Ellen Andersson  /  “You Should Have Told Me”
  • (In Memoriam – You Fill In The Names)  /  PEOPLE TIME  /  Stan Getz  /  “Yours & Mine”
  • (I See You; I Hear You)  /  THIS IS NOT A PROTEST SONG  /  Rene Marie  /  “Sound Of Red”
  • (I See You; I Hear You)  /  FRAGILE  /  Sting  /  “…Nothing Like The Sun”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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30 Aug

Summer is over which means time to put away put away your whites, your shorts, your suntan lotion, and reflect on the things we did last summer that we’ll remember all winter long — except I had one of those “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” summers when I didn’t do any of the things I wanted and meant to do. Am I bitter? No more than usual. Am I depressed? (See previous response.) Because I have developed the useful skill of turning my pain in art…well, actually, other people do all the art. So are some of my favorite “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” songs by some of the best new and old jazz singers. Check back on Wednesday for a hint about next Saturday night’s show.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  Album or CD Title


  • I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Dance With Me”
  • WOULDN’T IT BE LOVERLY?  /  Shirley Horn  /  “I Love You, Paris”
  • I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU  /  Nat Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • IF I HAD YOU  /  Nnenna Freelon  /  “Jazz Moods: Mood Indigo”
  • I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU  /  Arthur Prysock/Count Basie  /  “Arthur Prysock & Count Basie”
  • IT SHOULDN’T HAPPEN TO A DREAM  /  Diane Marino  /  “Loads Of Love”
  • WHY SHOULDN’T I  / (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tony Perkins  /  “The Very Best of Tony Perkins”
  • I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN  /  Brianna Thomas  /  “You Must Believe In Love”
  • IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Falling In Love With Love”
  • IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Send In The Clowns”
  • WOULD YOU BELIEVE?  /  Carmen McRae  /  “At Ratso’s”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)