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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 “LOVE & MARRIAGE ROYAL WEDDING STYLE” (5.19.18)

20 May

I celebrated love and marriage, London and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this week. When your desperate for good news, you’ll take any scrap you can find. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra At The Sands”
  • I’M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “It’s A Man’s World”
  • FROM THIS MOMENT ON  /  Loston Harris  /  “Why Try To Change me Now”
  • I FEEL PRETTY  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Sophie Milman”
  • I WANNA GET MARRIED  /  Nellie McKay  / “Get Away From Me”
  • CLOUDBURST/NOT GETTING MARRIED TODAY  /  John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey  /  “Make Believe”
  • A FOGGY DAY  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • BOY WANTED  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook”
  • THE TENDER TRAP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Robert Palmer  /  “Ridin’ High”
  • WEDDING BELL BLUES  /  Laura Nyro  /  “Live! The Loom’s Desire”
  • I LOVE MY WIFE  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Today”
  • PICKING UP AFTER YOU  /  Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle  /  “One From The Heart Soundtrack”
  • MARRY ME A LITTLE  /  Gregg Edleman  /  “Wall To Wall Sondheim”
  • BURNING THE TOAST  /  Suzy Bogguss  /  “A Twist Of Jazz”
  • A WEDDING IN CHEROKEE COUNTY  /  Randy Newman  /  “The Randy Newman Songbook”
  • CHAPEL OF LOVE  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Laverne & Shirley  /  “Laverne & Shirley Sing”
  • ON MY WAY TO YOU  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Love Makes The Changes”
  • WHEN I’M 64  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Let It Be Jazz”
  • MY LOVE WENT TO LONDON  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Here’s To The Ladies”
  • EXACTLY LIKE YOU  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Town Hall”
  • A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE  /  Rahsaan Roland Kirk  /  “Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings”
  • TOO LATE NOW  /  Roberta Gambarini  /  “Easy To Love”
  • TAKE ME TO THE ALLEY  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Take Me To The Alley”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “HITTING BOTTOM” (5.5.18)

6 May

I know it was wishful thinking on my part, but on Saturday’s show I celebrated finally hitting bottom. No, this wasn’t a tribute to Stormy Daniels, it was a realization that the way things are going, I may not live long enough to see us hit the actual bottom. All the songs and some of the singers know exactly what I meant.  So now, after this show, I can tell myself (or pretend) that things will start to get better. (I’m not holding my breath, because I know I really won’t live long enough that way.) 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT  / Alexis Cole  /  “A Kiss In The Dark”   
  • INTO EACH LIFE  /  Andrew Distel  /  “It Only Takes Time”
  • STOP THIS TRAIN  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “What’s Your Story?” 
  • WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE  /  Ray Charles  /  “The Genius Of Ray Charles”
  • ROCKS IN MY BED  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night” 
  • IT’S ALWAYS 4 AM  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Life, Collected”  
  • OLD FASHIONED GAL  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Old Fashioned Gal”   
  • THE BALLAD OF THE SAD YOUNG MEN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Boz Scaggs  /  “Speak Low”   (Decca Records)
  • MEET ME AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “Live At Joe’s Pub”  
  • THE LIFE THAT I LEAD  /  Lou Rawls  /  “Carryin’ On”
  • YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin” 
  • ROUND MIDNIGHT  /  Miles Davis Quintet  /  “Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour” 
  • EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Sister Orchid” 
  • DID I EVER REALLY LIVE?  /  Joe Williams  /  “One For My Baby”   
  • BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS  /  Diana Krall  /  “All For You” 
  • EVERYBODY’S CRYIN’ MERCY  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend: Live In California”
  • DAYS LIKE THIS  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • THE END OF THE WORLD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Patty Duke  /  “Don’t Just Stand There”
  • THE PARTY’S OVER  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • I’M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS  /  Karrin Allyson  /  Round Midnight” 
  • LUSH LIFE  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Boston Concert 1976”
  • SOPHISTICATED LADY  /  Linda Ronstadt  /  “Lush Life”
  •  NOTHING LASTS FOREVER  /  Ian Shaw  /  “A Ghost In every Bar”   
  • THE HUMAN TOUCH  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone & Piano”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  

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PLAYLIST FOR “STRESS RELIEVERS” (2.17.18)

18 Feb

Stress – you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. But you can minimize it and since I always try to minimize everything, I’m the perfect person to turn to for suggestions. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • SLAP THAT BASS  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Geo. & Ira Gershwin Songbook”
  • RELAX  /  Cormac Kenevey  /  “The Art Of Dreaming”
  • HAPPY FEET  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “Bathtub Gin”
  • WITHOUT A SONG  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Vegas”
  • A DOODLIN’ SONG  /  Duchess  /  “Duchess”
  • GROOVIN’  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Album”
  • LAZY AFTERNOON  /  Shirley Horn  /  “A Lazy Afternoon”
  • TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO SMILE  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Merry Go Round”
  • LET’S GET LOADED  /  Carey West  /  “Made Of Clay”
  • SMILE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Steven Tyler  /  “To Love Again”
  • DO IT AGAIN  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK  /  Annie Sellick & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “No Greater Thrill”
  • ALL OF ME  /  Dick Hyman & Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra  /  “Handful Of Keys”
  • THE DOG SONG  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Get Away From Me”
  • NEW YORK ON SUNDAY  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie”
  • SUNDAY AFTERNOON  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Winchester In Apple Blossom Time”
  • HUNGRY MAN  /  Mark Winkler  /  “West Coast Cool”
  • CALL ME  /  Astrud Gilberto  /  “A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • BEFORE YOU KNOW IT  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Dream”
  • NEVER NEVER LAND  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Life, collected”
  • DREAM  /  Joanie Sommers  /  “Dream”
  • YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING  /  Allan Harris & Takana Myamoto  /  “Convergence”
  • I SEE BEAUTY  /  Johanna Silanpaa  /  “From This Side”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “THE WHOLE WORLD’S GOING CRAZY” (10.15.16)

18 Oct

The world is going crazy – I don’t think you can find much evidence to the contrary; and certainly not on this week’s show. Okay, it may be going crazy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t swing.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GOIN’ CRAZY  /  The Three Haircuts
  • IT’S CRAZY  /  Mary Stallings  /  “I Waited For You”
  • CRAZY SHE CALLS ME  /  Nat Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • CRAZY  /  Tierney Sutton  /  “Something Cool”
  • THIS FUNNY WORLD  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Stage & Screen Hits”
  • CRAZY RHYTHM  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Normal As Blueberry Pie”
  • OH YOU CRAZY MOON  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Double Exposure”
  • STRANGE FEELINGS  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington By Night”
  • HEY YOU WITH THE CRAZY EYES  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Frankie Vaughan  /  “Let’s Make Love Soundtrack”
  • MAD MAD ME  /  Sophie Bancroft  /  “Hot & Cold”
  • THIS HAPPY MADNESS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings
  • TENDER MADNESS  /  Grace Kelly  /  “Mood Changes”
  • BALLAD OF THE THIN MAN  /  Bob Dylan  /  “After The Flood”
  • STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS  /  Fleurine  /  “Fire”
  • GOIN’ OUT OF MY HEAD  /  Les McCann  /  “How’s Your Mother?”
  • YOU COULD DRIVE A PERSON CRAZY  /  Cleo Laine  /  “Cleo Sings Sondheim”
  • YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY  /  Mel Torme  /  “Too Darn Hot”
  • CRAZY LOVE  /  Ray Charles & Van Morrison  /  “The Best Of Van Morrison”
  • LOSING MY MIND  /  Holly Cole  /  “Color & Light”
  • COFFEE IN A CARDBOARD CUP  /  Mandy Patinkin  /  “Mandy Patinkin”
  • I’M NOT OKAY  /  Allegra Levy  /  “Lonely City”
  • HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE  /  Mark Jennett  /  Everybody Says Don’t”
  • YOU CALL IT MADNESS  /  Diana Krall/  “All For You”
  • I HAD THE CRAZIEST DREAM  /  Pat Suzuki  / “Pat Suzuki Sings”
  • I KEEP GOING BACK TO JOE’S  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • SUMMER, HIGHLAND FALLS  /  Jessica Molaskey  /  “Sitting In Limbo”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “SONG & DANCE” (9.12.15) #jazz #jazzradio #jazzsingers

12 Sep

Just in case anyone couldn’t wait for the next Republican Presidential debate to get their quota of Song & Dance, I presented an all-singing, some-dancing hour of great songs and singers. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • WITHOUT A SONG  /  Joe Williams  /  “Live At Newport ‘64”
  • STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY  /  Nina Simone  /  “The Amazing Nina Simone”
  • I WON’T DANCE  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First”
  • POLKA DOTS AND MOONBEAMS  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Sassy Swings The Tivoli”
  • THE BEST THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU’RE DANCING  /  Kurt Elling  /  “This Time It’s Love”
  • DIG IT  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Normal As Blueberry Pie”
  • THE NIGHT THE PUGILIST LEARNED HOW TO DANCE  /  Sting  /  “The Last Ship”
  • BY MYSELF  /  (Mystery Dancer)  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “Live From Australia”
  • MONICAS VALS  /  The Real Group  /  “Varför Får Man Inte Bara Vara Som Man Är?
  • I CAN’T BE BOTHERED NOW  /  Nicole Henry  /  “The Very Thought Of You”
  • SONGS FOR SWINGING LOVERS  /  Denzal Sinclaire  /  “Just Passing Through”
  • WHEN HE MAKES MUSIC  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “How Glad I Am”
  • I HOPE YOU DANCE  /  Deborah Lippmann & Savion Glover  /  “Nightingale”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “REQUESTS & DEDICATION WEEK” (5.30.15) #jazz #jazzradio #jazzvocalists

31 May

I opened up the phone lines, got dozens of calls and requests, and was able to play 15 in the hour. My thanks to everyone who called; my apologies to those who couldn’t get through and to those who got through but I ran out of time to play their requested song. We’ll have to try this again sometime. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • YOU’RE A SWEETHEART  /  Lee Wiley  /  “West Of The Moon”
  • SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT  /  Terri Thornton  /  “Terri Thornton Sings Somewhere In The Night”
  • I’LL BE SEEING YOU  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Point Of No Return”
  • MEMORY  /  Betty Buckley  /  Cats Original Cast Production
  • LONG ABOUT NOW  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Softly”
  • SATIN DOLL  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Yesterday’s Love Songs, Today’s Blues”
  • ROCKIN’ CHAIR  /  Hoagy Carmichael  /  “Hoagy Sings Carmichael”
  • THEY SAY IT’S SPRING  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Verve Masters #51”
  • MRS. BROWN YOU’VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER  /  Nellie McKay  /  “My Weekly Reader”
  • COCKTAILS FOR TWO  /  Spike Jones  /  “Laughing Out Loud”
  • I LOVE TO LOVE  /  Nina Simone  /  “Forbidden Fruit”
  • WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW  /  June Christy  /  “June’s Got Rhythm”
  • BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME  /  Ricky Nelson  /  “You Can’t Please Everybody”
  • SMILE  /  Madeleine Peyroux  /  “Half The Perfect World” 
  • MOVIN’ OUT  /  Billy Joel  /  “The Essential Billy Joel”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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