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13 Sep

I don’t know why I thought of this theme. Must be something in the air. So I played some of my favorite sucker/loser songs; and after half an hour, I told the audience that I’d been suckering them into thinking I was just doing another one of those ironic themes. I dedicated the rest of the show to musicians, singers, composers, and lyricist  who are/were definitely non-suckers and non-losers. Not only have they served to create, expand, and embolden the world of jazz, but also they served this country in its military forces. (I also took a moment or two to grieve the passing of Gary Peacock.)

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • HERE’S TO THE LOSERS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  Softly As I Leave You”
  • BOOZERS AND LOSERS  /  Claire Hogan  /  “Boozers & Losers”
  • BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?  /  George Michael  /  “Symphonica”
  • EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME  /  Alejandra Martin  /  “Lush Life”
  • DO NOTHIN’ TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME  /  Al Hibbler & Rahsaan Roland Kirk  /  “A Meeting Of The Times”
  • I FELL FOR THAT  /  Cousin Alice  / “All In A Day”
  • BALLAD OF THE SAD YOUNG MEN  /  Ian Shaw & Sue Richardson  /  “A Ghost In Every Bar”
  • I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU  /  TSgt Paige Martin & US Air Force Airmen Of Note  /  “Airmen Of Note Live”
  • LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL  /  Tony Bennett & B. B. King  /  “Playin’ With My Friends”
  • LET’S GET AWAY FROM IT ALL  /  The Dave Brubeck Quartet  /  “Angel Eyes”
  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND  /  Dave Brubeck & Roberta Gambarini  /  “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”
  • NIGHT AND DAY  /  Willie Nelson  /  “My Way”
  • SHINY STOCKINGS  /  Lambert, Hendricks, & Bavan  /  “At Basin Street East”
  • LI’L DARLIN’  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE  /  (Mystery Military Veteran)  /  Bea Arthur  /  “Bea Arthur On Broadway”
  • TAKE THE “A” TRAIN  /  Clark Terry  /  “Clark Terry’s Big B-A-D Band”
  • MUMBLES  /  Clark Terry & Oscar Peterson  /  “Oscar Peterson Trio Plus 1”
  • VILIA  /  John Coltrane Quartet  /  “Both Directions At Once: Te Lost Album”
  • MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE  /  Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane Quartet  /  “Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane”
  • ALL MY TOMORROWS  /  Keith Jarrett Trio  /  “Whisper Not”
  • HERE’S THAT RAINY DAY  /  Daniela Schachter  /  “Vanheusenism”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Tony Bennett & Bill Evans  /  “The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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24 Nov

We’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately – opening statements, closing statements, testimony, rebuttals, colloquies, points of order (even when there didn’t seem to be any point nor any discernible order). So in the best and, I might add, the most predictable Turntable For One tradition, I tried to exploit and exacerbate the situation with lots of songs about talking, telling, saying, and opining. And everyone had a good time…at least that’s what I’m telling myself. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or album Title

  • TALK TO ME BABY  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “The Songs Of Johnny Mercer”
  • IT’S A SIN TO TELL A LIE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Live At The Sahara”
  • IF I HAD A TALKING PICTURE OF YOU  /  Seth MacFarlane & Norah Jones  /  “In Full Swing”
  • TALK TO ME  /  Sarah Lancman  /  “Inspiring Love”
  • I’M NOT TALKING  /  Mose Allison  /  “The Mose Chronicles”
  • IT’S A PITY TO SAY GOODNIGHT  /  Delicatessen  /  “Goodnight Kiss”
  • I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU  /  Arthur Prysock & Count Basie  /  “Arthur Prysock/Count Basie”
  • CAN’T WE TALK IT OVER  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Jane Russell  /  “Jane Russell”
  • HAPPY TALK  /  Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley  /  “Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley”       
  • NEVER SAY YES  /  Cannonball Adderley Quintet  /  “Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley”
  • SAY IT ISN’T SO  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “A Little Sugar”
  • THEY SAY IT’S WONDERFUL  /  Kurt Elling  /  “Dedicated To You”
  • TELL ME MORE AND MORE AND THEN SOME  /  Randy Crawford  /  “Live”
  • LET’S TALK ABOUT ME  /  Hot Club Sandwich  /  “Club Matix”
  • GIRL TALK  /  Holly Cole  /  “Girl Talk”
  • I JUST DROPPED BY TO SAY HELLO  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “I Just Dropped By To Say Hello”
  • SHOW ME  /  Wesla Whitfield  /  “Beautiful Love”
  • I WAS TELLING HER ABOUT YOU  /  (Mystery vocalist)  /  Marvin Gaye  /  “When I’m Alone I Cry”
  • PLEASE DON’T TALK ABOUT ME WHEN I’M GONE  /  Jackie Ryan & Clark Terry  /  “Grand Masters Of Jazz”
  • I TALK TO THE TREES  /  Adrian Cunningham  /  “Adrian Cunningham & His Friends Play Lerner & Lowe”
  • TALKING TO MYSELF  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Remembering You”
  • TALK TO ME, TALK TO ME  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Talk To Me”
  • SPEAK LOW  /  Tony Bennett & Norah Jones  /  “Duets 2”
  • I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOU  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Feelin’ Good”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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3 May

We celebrated International Jazz Day with some of the best jazz singers and musicians in the world. But I also invited a number of international jazz singers and radio people to say hi to my audience and introduce one of their favorite singers or important influences. A good time was had by all – especially me.

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

  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  Anne Ducros  /  (France)  /  “Either Way”
  • CHANGE PARTNERS  /  Ian Shaw  /  (Britain)  /  “Change Partners”
  • THEME FROM THE FLINTSTONES  /  The Metropole Orkest w/ Clark Terry  /  (Netherlands)  /  “Clark Terry & The Metropole Orchestra”
  • THE UMBRELLA MAN  /  Hetty Kate  /  (Australia)  /  “The Dan McLean Hot Six Meet Hetty Kate”
  • BLUE TURNING GREY  /  Audrey Morris  /  (U.S.A.) – Introduced by Hetty Kate  /  “The Voice Of Audrey Morris”
  • LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE YOUNG  /  Toots Thielemans w/ Silje Nergaard  /  (Belgium/Norway)  /  “One More For The Road”
  • STOLEN MOMENTS  /  Mark Murphy  /  (U.S.A.) – Introduced by Mark Robinson, Primetime Jazz, Radio Adelaide, South Australia)  / “The Giants Of Jazz”
  • CHEZ NOUS  /  Paris Combo  / (France)  /  “Living Room”
  • BABY PLAYS AROUND  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  (Sweden)  /   Anne Sofie Von Otter  /  “For The Stars”
  • BOY WANTED  /  Julian Yeo  /  (Australia)  /  “You & The Night”
  • LIVING WITHOUT YOU  /  Luciana Souza  /  (Brazil)  /  “The New Bossa Nova”
  • SIMON SMITH & HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR  /  Mark Jennett  /  (Britain)  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • HAVEN’T WE MET  /  Kenny Rankin  /  (U.S.A.) – Introduced by Mark Jennett  /  “Silver Morning”
  • CRY IF YOU WANT TO  /  Holly Cole  /  (Canada)  /  “The Best Of Holly Cole”
  • CELINE DION  /  The Arrogant Worms  /  (Canada)  /  The Best Of The Arrogant Worms”
  • I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING  /  London Gay Big Band w/ Claire Martin  /  (Britain)  /  “Brave”
  • STARS FELL ON ALABAMA  /  Rita Payes & Joan Chamorra  /  (Spain) – Introduced by Virginia of Virginiamusic.eu  /  “Joan Chamorro Presenta Rita Payes”
  • MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME  /  Delicatessen  /  (Brazil)  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”                    
  • SONG FOR GENE  /  Accent  /  (U.S.A., Canada, Britain, Sweden, France)
  • FASCINATIN’ RHYTHM  /  The Hi-Lo’s  /  (U.S.A.) – Introduced by Accent  /  “All That Jazz”
  • YOU TURN ME ON BABY  /  Fay Claassen & WDR Big Band, Cologne  /  The Netherlands)  /  “Sing!”
  • HOMMAGE A LILI BOULANGER  /  Jacky Terrasson  /  (France)  /  “Jacky Terrasson”
  • VOILA C’EST FINI  /  Liane Foly  /  (France)  “Croonuese”
  • GOODBYE FOR NOW  /  Rigmor Gustafsson & Radio String Quartet Vienna  /  (Sweden)  /  “Calling You”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  (U.S.A.)

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18 Aug

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Meanwhile, I’ve been listening to some interesting new music.  

  • Swing Fever – Grand Masters Of Jazz – For more than three decades, Swing Fever has been a fixture and the #1 swing band of the San Francisco  Bay Area. Okay, maybe it’s not as well-known as Coit Tower but this band swings harder than any Bay Area landmark you can name. On this 1-CD, 2-DVD compilation, the band has pulled together some of the great moments when it was joined by such jazz legends as Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, and Terry Gibbs. Plus, as an added and delightful bonus, a number of songs by Jackie Ryan. Culled from performances in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, Terry, DeFranco, and Gibbs performances are at full maturity. Jackie Ryan’s understanding of songs and singing would deepen even more after these appearances and with each of her solo CDs since then. Best surprise for me: Body And Soul with Jackie Ryan and Terry Gibbs. Seven minutes of magic!
  • Chiara Izzi – Motifs –  This is another Dot Time Records CD and another total winner. This is a label which takes chances on artists who need to be heard. Chiara and her trio of musicians are Italian, although they travelled to Switzerland to record this CD (better chocolate?). English is obviously not her first language. Yet she certainly must have found an incredible Rosetta course in swing. Her voice is sweet and strong, her trio doesn’t shrink behind her for a beat. Amidst some swinging standards (you gotta hear My Shining Hour!) and a jazz standard or two are several songs Chiara has written, just lyrics for two, music and lyrics for one. Best surprise for me: A ballad with Ciara’s lyrics in Italian called Signi del tempo. I can’t understand a word she sings, but I really don’t care. It’s charming and lovely. 
  • The John La Barbera Big Band – Caravan – Did the La Barbera brothers – John, Pat, Joe – have lots of fights when they were growing up? If this CD is any indication, life for the La Barbera boys must have been pretty harmonious. (I’m expecting a ton of complaints about that pun. Stay tuned to see if I ever express remorse.) This is just an old-fashioned Big Band Jazz album and they shout that loud and proud. Arranged by John with a third of the tunes written by him, there are also tunes by Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner, and others, plus, of course, the Ellington and Tizol title tune. Plenty of solos by drummer/brother Joe and Tenor/soprano sax/brother Pat, but every seat in the band seems to be filled by stars, even if their names are not well known.  I first became aware of John and Pat with a Buddy Rich Big Band. Joe worked in Bill Evans’s last trio, worked with Tony Bennett, and with a list of other jazz luminaries as long as your arm – unless maybe you’re Kareem Abdul Jabar. Best surprise for me: Caravan – not because I’ve not heard the song before, but because John lets two of his trombonists stretch out like Gumbys. And I am a sucker for trombone solos. 


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