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PLAYLIST FOR “MISS YOU, MR. MERCER” (5.26.18)

28 May

This week, almost on the anniversary of his death, I barely scratched the surface of Johnny Mercer’s 1400 songs.  A valiant effort, a daunting task, but a couple hours of great music.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • MISS YOU MR. MERCER  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Songbook”
  • DAY IN DAY OUT  /  Nat King Cole  /  “The Billy May Sessions”
  • SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook”
  • THE DAYS OF WINE & ROSES  /  Kellye Gray  /  “Live At The Bugle Boy”
  • JEEPERS CREEPERS  /  Julius LaRosa  /  “Julius LaRosa”
  • COME RAIN OR COME SHINE/  Nancy LaMott  /  “Come Rain Or Come Shine”
  • MY SHINING HOUR  /  Sammy Davis & Count Basie  /  “Our Shining Hour”
  • TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Casa Forte”
  • WHATCHA MA CALL IT  /  Johnny Mercer  /  “Moon River”
  • EMILY  /  Bill Evans Trio  /  “Turn Out The Stars”
  • SATIN DOLL  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  The Coasters  /  “Johnny Mercer Covers”
  • MY NEW CELEBRITY IS YOU  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “My New Celebrity Is You”
  • TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving me Crazy”
  • LAURA  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Portrait of Kevin Mahogany”
  • LAZYBONES  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Sister Orchid”
  • I REMEMBER YOU  /  Jazzmeia Horn  /  “A Social Call”
  • DREAM  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ringo Starr  /  “Sentimental Journey”
  • WHEN OCTOBER GOES  /  Barry Manilow  /  “2:00 AM Paradise Café”
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Bye Bye Blackbird”
  • DRINKING AGAIN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “The World We Knew”
  • ONE FOR MY BABY  /  Tony DeSare  /  “One For My Baby”
  • SKYLARK  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • AND SO TO BED  /  John Pizzarelli  /  “John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer”
  •  PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “NEVER SAY NEVER” – AN ARCHIVE RE-BROADCAST (RERUN) (3.31.18)

2 Apr

If there’s a rule about an exception to every rule, doesn’t that mean there must be a rule with no exception? Think about that as you look down the list of singers and songs helping me to break one of the tiresome rules I’ve heard my whole life – Never Say Never! Really? You try singing these songs without singing that word.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I NEVER LOVED ANYONE  /  Carol Sloane  /  “We’ll Meet Again”
  • I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME  /  Anna Sise  /  “But Beautiful”
  • NEVERTHELESS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice ‘N’ Easy”
  • NOW OR NEVER  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “The Best Of Love Songs”
  • IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN  /  Tony Bennett & k.d. Lang  /  “A Wonderful World”
  • THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • THE MIDNIGHT SUN WILL NEVER SET  /  Quincy Jones  /  “I Dig Dancers”
  • NEVER LET ME GO  /  Jackie Allen  /  “Never Let Me Go”
  • I’VE NEVER BEEN I LOVE BEFORE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ethan Hawke  /  “Born To Be Blue Soundtrack”
  • I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN  /  Rigmor Gustafsson & Jacky Terrasson Trio  /  “Close To You”
  • IF I NEVER GET TO PARIS  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Gin Fizz Fandango”
  • NEVER MAKE YOU MOVE TOO SOON  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Bill Henderson Live At The Vic”
  • IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Live At Nalen”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Al Jarreau  /  “Accentuate The Positive”
  • ONE NEVER KNOWS, DOES ONE?  /  Lily Frost  /  “Too Hot For Words”
  • NEVER WILL I MARRY  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant  /  “Dreams & Daggers”
  • I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN  /  Laila Biali  /  “Live In Concert”
  • YOU’LL NEVER KNOW  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Nat King Cole: The Ultimate Edition”
  • THE TWELFTH OF NEVER  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall”
  • NEVER NEVER LAND  /  Art Blakey  /  “Kyoto”
  • I NEVER MEANT TO HURT YOU  /  Audrey Martin  /  “Living Room”
  • THE PEOPLE THAT YOU NEVER GET TO LOVE  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “The People That You Never Get To Love”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “HE SAID-SHE SAID” (1.20.18)

22 Jan

I played musical He Said-She Said this week, and unlike real life, nobody got fired and nobody went to court. Lots of opposing viewpoints and men and women not seeing eye-to-eye, but I also included some classic He Said-She Said duets

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • NICE AND EASY  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice & Easy”
  • DO SOMETHING  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • LIVE ALONE AND LIKE IT  /  Cyrille Aimee  /  “Let’s Get Lost”
  • LIVING WITHOUT YOU  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE  /  Patricia Barber  /  The Cole Porter Mix”
  • LOVE IS A NECESSARY EVIL  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Life, Collected”
  • LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong  /  “Ella With The London Symphony Orchestra”
  • THE LADY IS A TRAMP  /  Buddy Greco  /  “The Lady Is A Tramp”
  • HE’S A TRAMP  /  Melody Gardot  /  “Jazz Loves Disney”
  • BANGERS & MASH  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren  /  “Goodness Gracious Me Vol. 1”
  • MAKE ME RAINBOWS  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Easy”
  • WHERE’S THAT RAINBOW  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “It’s All Over But The Swingin’”
  • GET HAPPY  /  Lucy Dixon  /  “Lulu’s Back In Town”
  • EVER SINCE THE WORLD ENDED  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend”
  • LOVE WON’T LET YOU GET AWAY  /  Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney  /  “Fancy Meeting You Here”
  • BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Falling In Love With Love”
  • 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Take Love Easy’”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • BOY WANTED  /  Sandra King  /  “Making Beautiful Music Together”
  • I WANT A LITTLE GIRL  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • YOU WON’T FORGET ME  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • IT’S EASY TO REMEMBER  /  John Coltrane Quartet  /  “Ballads”
  • BUT BEAUTIFUL  /  Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek To Cheek”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “PLEASE AND THANK YOU” (10.14.17)

23 Oct

Getting in the spirit for WMNR’s Fall Fundraising drive this week, I played songs with the magic words, Please and Thank You during the first hour or so. I also invited listeners to pledge and if they did, they could request or song and I’d play it during the second hour of the show.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • PLEASE BE KIND  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • PLEASE DON’T TALK ABOUT ME WHEN I’M GONE  /  Nancy Kelly  /  “B That Way”
  • BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • THANKS FOR THE MEMORY  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Rosemary Clooney Sings Ballads”
  • PLEASE CALL ME BABY  /  Tom Waits  /  “The Heart Of Saturday Night”
  • OPPORTUNITY PLEASE KNOCK  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • UN CAFÉ S’IL VOUS PLAIT  /  Paris Café Jazz  /  “Paris Café Jazz Favorites”
  • MERCI MADAME LA  VIE  /  Charles Aznavour  /  “Olympia Fevier 1976”
  • PLEASE DON’T KISS ME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Carla Bruni  /  “French Touch”
  • BABY’S REQUEST  /  Paul McCartney  /  “Kisses At The Bottom”
  • JUST SQUEEZE ME  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella In Rome”
  • DINNER FOR ONE, PLEASE, JAMES  /  Joe Williams  /  “Ballad And Blues Master”
  • COME SUNDAY  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “You’ve Got What It Takes”
  • LUCK BE A LADY  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra At The Sands”
  • SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES  /  Hilary Gardner  /  “The Late Set”
  • I LOVE MY WIFE  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • JINGLES  /  Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra  /  “Handful Of Keys”
  • LUCKY TO BE ME  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Company I Keep”
  • OVER THE RAINBOW  /  Judy Garland  /  “Judy At Carnegie”
  • WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE  /  Calabria Foti  /  “In The Still Of The Night”
  • YOU’RE MY THRILL  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant  /  “Dreams & Daggers”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “THINGS TO DO WHILE LISTENING” – AN ARCHIVE SHOW (12.31.16

2 Jan

Couldn’t get to the studio on Saturday, so I did the next best thing – I had a fun time listening to an archive broadcast of one of my favorite shows from 2016. Well, it’s 2017 now and who knows what wonderful musical surprises I have up my sleeve for this new year.  Wait a minute! I feel something crawling up my sleeve.  Help!

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • DANCING IN THE DARK  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Dance With Me”
  • WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • LET’S MISBEHAVE  /  Janice Hagan  /  “Let’s Misbehave”
  • CLOSE YOUR EYES  /  Loston Harris  /  “Comes Love”
  • LET’S STAY AWAKE  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Calibration”
  • SATURDAY NIGHT  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • LET’S EAT HOME  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Still On The Road”
  • HOW ABOUT YOU  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Love Swings”
  • I’M GONNA WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUT OF MY HAIR  /  Eyde Gorme  /  “Showstoppers”
  • THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Astoria: Portrait Of An Artist”
  • SCRABBLE  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Ages”
  • ALL ALONE  /  (Mystery vocalist)  /  Tab Hunter  /  “Tab Hunter”
  • SMOKE RINGS  /  Sarah King  /  “Sarah King & The Smoke Rings”
  • DO IT AGAIN  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • GOOGEABLE  /  Ori Dagan  /  “Less Than Three”
  • DREAM DANCING  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Close Your Eyes”
  • LET’S TAKE A WALK AROUND THE BLOCK  /  Mel Torme  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • LET’S TAKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALK  /  Melissa Walker  /  “I Saw The Sky”
  • COME BACK TO ME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Francis A. & Edward K.”
  • SHOO FLY PIE & APPLE PAN DOWDY  /  Hetty Kate  /  “Gordon Webster Meets Hetty Kate”
  • SCOTCH AND SODA  /  Rose Colella  /  “Cocktail”
  • CHAMPAGNE  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Way Down Low”
  • I’M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER  /  Nat Cole  /  “Holidays & Hits”
  • MY COLORING BOOK  /  Barbra Streisand  /  “The Second Barbra Streisand Album”
  • THE PARTY’S OVER  /  Leslie Odom Jr.  /  “Leslie Odom Jr.”
  • FRENCH FRIES AND CHAMPAGNE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “French Fries & Champagne”
  • LISTEN HERE  /  Dave Frishberg  /  “Classics”
  • 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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PLAYLIST FOR “DESERT ISLAND GAME-2015” (3.7.15)

7 Mar

We’ve played The Desert Island game before when I’ve asked listeners to choose songs or singers to take with them to a desert island. Of course I laughed at their pain and deliberations and difficulty in choosing to take one thing and leave behind another equally good choice — but not this week because it was my turn to play the game. Suddenly the Sondheim lyrics, “the choice may have been mistaken, but choosing was not” didn’t sound as easy or certain. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  ALbum Or CD Title

  • RING-A-DING-DING  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Ring-A-Ding-Ding”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • YOU TURNED THE TABLES ON ME  /  Delicatessen  /  “Goodnight Kiss”
  • BODY AND SOUL  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Nat Cole  /  “After Midnight”
  • BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Twentysomething”
  • JUST IN TIME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Lorne Greene  /  “Young At Heart”
  • JUST IN TIME  /  Nina Simone  /  “At The Village Gate”
  • I KNOW THE WAY TO BROOKLYN  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Dooji Wooji”
  • CRY IF YOU WANT TO  /  Holly Cole Trio  /  “Don’t Smoke In Bed”
  • MOON RIVER  /  Nancy LaMott  /  “Come Rain Or Come Shine”
  • LOST ON THE RIVER  /  Rhiannon Giddens  /  “The New Basement Tapes”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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