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31 Aug

They didn’t change the locks on the front door, so I’m back for my 10th season!! And this week – and maybe only this week – I decided to “Play Nice.” I know, what a nice surprise.  Below a playlist of nice songs, and really nice singers. 


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • NICE ‘N’ EASY  /  Shirley Horn  /  “I Thought About You”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  • IT’S SO NICE TO HAVE A MAN AROUND THE HOUSE  /  Peggy Lee  /  “I Like Men!”
  • IT’S NICE WEATHER FOR DUCKS  /  Ronny Whyte  /  “Whyte Wolf”
  • IT’S NICE TO GO TRAV’LING  /  Judith Nijland  /  “Trav’lin’ Light”
  • NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings ”
  • WOULDN’T IT BE NICE?  /  Rebecca Sullivan  /  “This Way This Time”
  • YOU MEET THE NICEST PEOPLE IN YOUR DREAMS  /  Fats Waller  /  “Jazz Favorites Vol. 1”
  • TREAT HIM NICELY  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Annette Funicello  /  “Annette’s Beach Party”
  • IT’S OH SO NICE  /  Count Basie  /  “Straight Ahead”
  • ‘S WONDERFUL  /  Ellen Andersson  /  ’S Wonderful”
  • SOMEONE NICE LIKE YOU  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “The Essentials: Sammy Davis Jr.”
  • SO NICE  /  Patricia Barber  /  “Nightclub”
  • PLAYING WITH MY FRIENDS  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Playin’ With My Friends”
  • (OUR) LOVE IS HERE TO STAY  /  Gretje Angell  /  “…In Any Key”
  • IT’S BEEN SO NICE TO BE WITH YOU  /  Tony Monaco  /  “Celebration”
  • SIT DOWN, YOU’RE ROCKIN’ THE BOAT  /  Wesla Whitfield  /  “Beautiful Love”
  • NICE  /  John Storie  /  “Ponderosa”
  • TREAT ME NICE  /  Marina & The Kats  /  “Wild”
  • YOU COULDN’T BE CUTER  /  Seth MacFarlane  /  “In Full Swing”
  • YOU’VE CHANGED  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Yesterdays”
  • NICE GIRLS DON’T STAY FOR BREAKFAST  /  Carmel McCreagh  /  “ Nice Girl”
  • WITCHCRAFT  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • THEM THERE EYES  Gretje Angell  /  “…In Any Key”
  • I LIKE YOU, YOU’RE NICE  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Blossom Dearie Sings”
  • I LIKE YOU, YOU’RE NICE  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Blossom Dearie Sings: 45th Anniversary Edition”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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30 Oct

My annual Halloween party, complete with “haunting” and “ghostlyæ Halloween songs, dancing, party games, and songs instead of candy for  several trick or treaters who showed up wearing recognizable costumes.


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title 

  • HALLOWEEN SPOOKS   /  Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross  /  “The Hottest New Group In Jazz”
  • I DON’T STAND A GHOST OF A CHANCE  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Manhattan Moods”
  • WITCHCRAFT  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • (Jill Stein costume)  /  BEING GREEN  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Make Someone Happy”
  • THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC  /  Tony Bennett & Dave Brubeck  /  “Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Sessions”
  • SPOOKY  /  Anne Farnsworth  /  “Sealed With A Kiss”
  • THESE FOOLISH THINGS  /  Mel Torme  /  “The Best Of The Concord Years”
  • YOU ARE THERE  /  Rebecca Sullivan  /  “This Way, This Time”
  • (Bernie Sanders costume)  /  NO ONE EVER TELLS YOU  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “A Swingin’ Affair”
  • IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU  /  (Mystery Melody)  /  Vinson Hill  /  “Music Minus One”
  • IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Falling In Love With Love”
  • (Ivanka trump costume)  /  MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY  /  Lisa Ekdahl  /  “When Did You Leave Heaven”
  • CHARADE  /  Harry Connick Jr.  /  “Come By Me”
  • CHASE ME  /  Erroll Garner  / “Ready  Take One”
  • SHOW ME YOURS  /  Joe Coughlin  /  “Low Down West Broadway”
  • WHY TRY TO CHANGE ME NOW  /  Bob Dylan  /  “Shadows In The Night”
  • JERSEY BOUNCE  /  Connie Evingson  /  “All the Cats Join In”
  • MEET ME AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “Live At Joes’ Pub”
  • DON’T BE THAT WAY  /  (Mystery Melody)  /  Milton DeLugg  /  “Add-a-part Jazz”
  • DON’T BE THAT WAY  /  Delicatessen  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • CANDY  /  Nat Cole  /  “After Midnight”
  • WITCHCRAFT  /  Rich Little  /  “A ‘Little” Tribute To Old Blue Eyes”
  • (Dorothy Costume)  /  DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD  /  Lillie Kae  /  “I’m Glad There Is You”
  • SPIDERMAN  /  Rebecca Dumaine  /  “Happy Madness”
  • (Unrecognizable costume)  /  TULIP OR TURNIP  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • KISS AND RUN  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “I Just Dropped By To Say Hello”
  • A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Sarah Vaughan & The Jimmy Rowles Quartet”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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30 Dec

I’ve played about 500 songs in the past year and thought I’d end 2012 with a dozen of my favorites culled from some of my favorite weekly themes. The Billy Joel song at the end is something that’s been running through my head the past week.  Sadness or Euphoria?  I wish you a great imbalance of the latter for 2013. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title

  • #12  /  I’M GONNA LOCK MY HEART  /  Nicole Henry  /  “The Very Thought Of You”
  • #11  /  TEACH ME TONIGHT  /  Joe Coughlin  /  “Things Turn Out That Way”
  • #10  /  I DON’T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT YOU  /  Delicatessen  /  “Goodnight Kiss”
  •  #9  /  SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME  /  Dave Brubeck  /  “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”
  •  #8  /  YOU ARE THERE  /  Rebecca Sullivan  /  “This Way, This Time”
  •  #7  /  I CAN’T WAIT TO MISS YOU  /  Jack Jones  /  “Love Ballad”
  •  #6  /  I GO FOR THAT  /  Hetty Kate  /  “11:60 PM”  
  •  #5  /  TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Bennett On Holiday”
  •  #4  /  THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES  /  Irene Kral  /  “Second Chance”
  •  #3  /  SISSIES  /  Mark Winkler  /  “Till I Get It Right”  
  •  #2  /  ALWAYS  /  The Swingle Singers  /  “A Celebration of The Voice”
  •  #1  /  I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Something Like Love”
  •   SUMMER, HIGHLAND FALLS  /  Jessica Molaskey  /  “Sitting In Limbo”
  •   PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


1 Dec

What you see is what you get. I get it. But what if what you see isn’t there at all? Ah, the mind can play funny tricks on us. Mine just told me my shoe is untied. And I fall for it every time.  

Talk to you next week…

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • DANCING ON THE CEILING  /  Joe Coughlin  /  “Joe Coughlin”                                                              
  • PURE IMAGINATION  /  Joanie Sommers  /  “Here There And Everywhere”
  • JUST MY IMAGINATION  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Pride And Joy”
  • MEDITATION  /  Veronneau  /  Jazz Samba Project” 
  • I’LL BE SEEING YOU  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “I Remember Tommy”
  • STARDUST  /  Jenny O.  /  “Sunshine On Your Back Porch”
  • I’M GOING TO SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER  /  Paul McCartney  /  “Kisses On The Bottom”
  • THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Elvis Presley  /  “Inspirational”
  • DARN THAT DREAM  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Sarah Vaughan & Count Basie”
  • THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU  /  Kenny Rankin   /  “Professional Dreamer”                                                                   
  • I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS  /  Anita O’Day  /  “Live And Rare”
  • I SEE YOUR FACE BEFORE ME  /  Sachal  Vasandani  /  “Hi-Fly”                                                                        
  • YOU ARE THERE  /  Rebecca Sullivan/Mike Allemana  /  “This Way, This Time”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


16 Sep

Check your ego and superego at the door; this week’s show was all about the id — you mean, Kim Kardashian’s new book, The 7 Habits of Highly Over-rated People?  No, it’s about a dozen musical answers to the eternal question, “What do you want?” (This playlist has been updated because I made changes during the show. )

Next Wednesday, a new clue for next week’s show. 

Talk to you next week. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title

  • I WANT TO BE HAPPY  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “The Diva Series: Sarah Vaughan”
  • I WANT TO BE AROUND  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Ultimate Tony Bennett
  • DADDY  /  Joanie Sommers  /  “Look Out!  It’s Joanie Sommers”
  • WOULDN’T IT BE NICE  /  Rebecca Sullivan  /  “This Way, This Time”
  • I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Where Are You?”
  • I WANT TO BE A SIDEMAN  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Little Did I Dream”
  • I JUST WANT TO GET PAID  /  Dave Tull  /  “I Just Want To Get Paid”
  • I WANT TO BE LOVED BY YOU  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Sinead O’Connor  /  “Am I Not Your Girl?”
  • AFTER YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT YO DON’T WANT IT  /  Julian Yeo  /  “You And The Night”
  • MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Make Someone Happy”
  • SOMETHING MAKES ME WANT TO DANCE WITH YOU  /  Nat Cole  /  “Let’s Face The Music”
  • WONDERFUL  /  Victoria Hart  /  “Whatever Happened To Romance?”
  • I WANT A LITTLE GIRL  /  Joe Williams  /  “Joe William’s Finest Hour”
  • OVER THE RAINBOW  /  Roberta Gambarini  /  “So In Love”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)

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2 Aug

Summer vacation for Turntable For One is almost over. To prepare for the new season of live shows, I’ve been sequestered at my secret and undisclosed training center, hard at work in a strenuous routine of jogging my memory, jumping to conclusions, stretching credulity, exercising questionable judgment, and lifting words out of context.  I should be ready for the new season, which begins September 1st, by the way. 

I’ve also been listening to some interesting music you may want to check out. 

Frank D’Rone – Double Exposure — it sounds like it should be the title of a George Michaels CD, but it’s the latest CD from a veteran singer/guitarist, one of my favorites for a lot of years. Even at age 80 he still sets standards for how to swing and how to infuse ballads with both meaning and melodic invention. 

Connie Evingson – Sweet Happy Life, the lyrics of Norman Gimbel — This is an eclectic collection of songs, everything from The Girl From Ipanema to Bluesette to Watch What Happens to Canadian Sunset. Gimbel wrote with many composers. The constant here is Connie with her silken voice and alway-thoughtful musical embellishments.

Mark Winkler – A clever West Coast singer and songwriter with an equal appreciation for jazz, irony, and humor – with a dash of self-deprecation. He sings some classics, but his own songs can really get to the heart of a story and a character. His latest CD is Sweet Spot, but take a listen to Till I Get It Right, too.

Rebecca Sullivan – This Way, This Time — She’s young, she’s new, she’s quite different, and I’m eager to hear how she develops. Her voice isn’t exactly jazz, so her skill at improvising comes as an endearing surprise. She plucks the ten songs on this CD from many different trees, but with consistent charm. 

That’s some of the stuff I’ve been listening to as I start to put the September shows together.What have you been listening to? Let me know. 

I’ll talk to you later.