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31 May

I’ve been in a terrible mood this week. Where to start?  100,000+ lost souls, crowded beach parties, rampant stupidity and rampant cruelty, local police looking like and acting like invading armies – whatever you might think, the answer is Yes! So how do you get  yourself out of a dark bad mood? Don’t ask me. I’ve no idea. All I know is how to pass it on and share it – along with some classic bad mood and blues songs by some exceptional singers and musicians.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • ALL BLUES  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Double Rainbow”
  • I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES  /  Beth Hart & Toots Thielemans  /  “One More For The Road”
  • EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES  /  Randy Crawford & Joe Sample /  “No Regrets”
  • IN THE EVENIN’  /  Joe Williams  /  At Newport ‘63”
  • YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin”
  • BLUES, YOU’RE THE MOTHER OF SIN  /  Tom Rust  /  “Lucky to Be Me”
  • MOOD INDIGO  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook”
  • MEDGAR EVERS BLUES  /  Christian McBride Big Band  /  “Medgar Evers Blues”
  • AZURE TE  /  Nat King Cole and George Shearing  /  “Nat King Cole Sings George Shearing Plays”
  • SINCE I FELL FOR YOU  /  Naama Gheber  /  “Dearly Beloved”
  • LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL  /  Tony Bennett & B.B. King  /  “Playin With My Friends”
  • ME AND MY GIN  /  Dinah Washington  /  “Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith”
  • LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT  /  Janet Planet  /  “Janet Planet Sings The Bob Dylan Songbook”
  • I AIN’T GOT NOTHING BUT THE BLUES  /  Joe Williams  /  “Ballad & Blues Master”
  • NOBODY’S FAULT BUT MINE  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone & Piano”
  • SAVE YOUR LOVE FOR ME  /  Kurt Elling & James Morrison  /  “Live In New York”
  • NO CAR BLUES  /  David Whitman  /  “Soul Flow”
  • FRANCIS DOESN’T LIKE THE BLUES  /  Billy Brandt  /  “City Noir”
  • MEANING OF THE BLUES  /  Carmen McRae  /  “Bittersweet”
  • LIVIN’ IN THE WRONG TIME  /  Paul Jost  /  “Simple Life”
  • HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS  /  Tania Grubbs Quintet  /  “Live At Maureen’s Jazz Cellar”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “FATHERS SINGING FOR FATHER’S DAY” (6.20.15) #jazz #jazzvocals #jazzradio

20 Jun

Almost no one but singing fathers this week, including a few rounds of Guess The Mystery Father. It took all of 30 seconds before I heard from Charlie Sheen’s legal team – but I meant singing fathers!

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  Song Title


  • WAIT TILL YOU SEE HER  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “This One’s For Tedi”
  • DAY BY DAY  /  (Mystery Father)  /  Mitch Winehouse  /  “Rush To The Heart”
  • UNFORGETTABLE  /  Nat Cole & Natalie Cole  /  “Unforgettable”
  • HOW INSENSITIVE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings”
  • BROTHER WHERE ARE YOU?  /  Oscar Brown Jr.  /  “Oscar Brown Jr. Goes To Washington”
  • GIVE ME THE SIMPLE LIFE  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Meet The Robinsons”
  • ALL OF YOU  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Antonia Bennett  /  “Embrace Me”
  • HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?  /  (Mystery Father)  Tony Bennett & Stan Getz  /  “Jazz”
  • TAKE A LETTER MISS JONES  /  Mel Torme  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  “Live At The Renaissance”
  • I FEEL SO SMOOCHIE  /  Kurt Elling  /  “This Time It’s Love”
  • EVENIN’  /  (Mystery Father)  /  Hugh Laurie  /  “Didn’t It Rain”
  • ROXANNE  /  Sting  /  “Symphonicities”
  • THIS BITTER EARTH  /  Joe Sample & Randy Crawford  /  “Live”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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1 Feb

Every week I try to play some of the best marriages of words and music, singer and arranger, what’s written on the sheet music and what’s created in a singer’s mind. This week I also focussed on singers and musicians who are married in a more literal way. Whether they sing together, sing and play, sing and arrange, just about everyone I played is also husband and wife. And by including Mickey Rooney and his 8th wife, I was also able to reinforce the precept that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title  

  • THIS COULD BE THE START OF SOMETHING BIG  /  Steve Lawrence  and Eydie Gorme  /  “We Got Us”  
  • LOVE WARRIORS  /  Tuck and Patti  /  “Love Warriors”
  • SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ME  /  Stacey Kent and Jim Thomlinson  /  “The Lyric”
  • WHERE DO YOU START   /Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • ON MY WAY TO YOU  /  Tierney Sutton  /  “I’m With The Band” 
  • TALK TO ME BABY  /  Cleo Laine & John Dankworth  /  “Quintessential Cleo Laine” 
  • ROUND MIDNIGHT   /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm” 
  • CLOUDBURST/NOT GETTING MARRIED  /  Jessica Molasky & John Pizzarelli  /  “Make Believe” 
  • LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Mickey & Jan Rooney  /  “Let’s Put On A Show”
  • MIMOSA AND ME  /  Jackie and Roy  /  “Lovesick”
  • I HADN’T ANYONE TILL YOU  /  Veronica Nunn & Travis Shook  /  “Standard Delivery” 
  • OUT OF MY CONTINENTAL MIND  /  Lena Horne and Lennie Hayton  /  “Lena At The Sands”
  • THIS BITTER EARTH  /  Randy Crawford & Joe Sample  /  “Live”
  • IT TAKES TWO  /  Joanna Gleason/Chip Zien  /  “In The Woods”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)