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PLAYLIST FOR “SEASON FINALE 2017 – SUMMER LISTENING ASSIGNMENTS” (7.1.17)

3 Jul

I’ll be gone for the next 8 weeks while WMNR broadcasts live concerts from Tanglewood by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. So on the season finale, I assigned music and singers who should be on everyone’s summer listening list. I also threw in a few requests and some music I’ve been wanting to play this season but couldn’t find the right theme.

Although I won’t be doing live shows for a while, I’ll be uploading new podcasts on PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, all summer, here: 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Company I Keep”
  • HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON  /  Kellye Gray  /  Rendering”
  • LIVING IN A GREAT BIG WAY  /  Lucy Dixon  /  “Lulu’s Back in Town”
  • LET’S GET LOADED  /  Carey West  /  “Made Of Clay”
  • LOVEWISE  /  Bobby Scott  /  “For Sentimental Reasons”
  • WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES  /  Irene Kral  /  “Where Is Love?”
  • COCKTAILS FOR TWO  /  Spike Jones  /  “Spike Jones Goes Crazy”
  • DANCING ON THE CEILING  /  Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm  /  “Begin to Dance”
  • I WON’T SCAT  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • TROUBLED WATERS  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night”
  • LITTLE GIRL BLUE  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Tribute”
  • I’VE GOT A RIGHT TO CRY  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • WHEN I FALL IN LOVE  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • I WANNA TURN OUT MY LIGHT  /  April Barrows  /  “My Dream Is You”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • AIN’T NO REST FOR THE WICKED  /  Postmodern Jukebox w/ Joey Cook  /  “33 Resolutions Per Minutes”
  • I WANNA GO PLACES AND DO THINGS  /  Wendy Moten  /  “Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting”
  • TIME TO GO  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Don’t Be So Blue”
  • FOR ALL WE KNOW  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WAITER, THE CHECK  /  Cousin Alice  /  “Pour Me”
  • GOODBYE FOR NOW  /  Rigmor Gustafsson  /  “Rigmor Gustafsson With Radio String Quartet Vienna”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Monica Zetterlund & Bill Evans  /  “The Complete Bill Evans On Verve”
  • SIGNING OFF  /  Helen Merrill  /  “You’ve Got A Date With The Blues
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

PLAYLIST FOR “SALUTE TO MOTHER’S DAY” (5.13.17)

15 May

Most of the singers are mothers, I tossed in a hefty helping of motherly advice, plus a couple of momma’s boys to help me wish all mothers a happy Mother’s Day.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  “CD Or Album Title

  • CALL ME  /  Astrud Gilberto  /  “A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness”
  • ALWAYS  /  Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap  /  “Love Is Here To Stay”
  • DAT DERE  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • WHEN I GROW TOO OLD TO DREAM  /  Carline Ray  /  “Vocal Sides”
  • BLUE TURNING GRAY  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • MOTHER’S LOVE  /  Allan Harris  /  “Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better”
  •  HAPPINESS IS JUST A THING CALLED JOE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  12 Nights In Hollywood”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Ray Brown Jr.  /  “The Best of Ray Brown Jr.”
  • NEW WORDS  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Laura Osnes  /  “If I Tell You”
  • MEDLEY FOR JORDAN/ NOT WHILE I’M AROUND  /  Veronica Nunne  /  “American Lullaby”
  • BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)
  • WHERE ARE YOU GOING?  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Songs Of Lost Love”
  • BEFORE YOU KNOW IT  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Dream”
  • I’M CONFESSIN’  /  Diana Krall  /  “Turn Up The Quiet”
  • LOOK AT THAT FACE  /  Greta Matassa  /  “Favorites From A Long Walk”
  • THAT FACE  /  Barbra Streisand  /  “What Matters Most Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of         Alan & Marilyn Bergman”
  • ME, MYSELF, AND I  /  Randy Crawford  /  “Live”
  • BE A CHILD  /  Cleo Laine & Dudley Moore  /  “Smilin’ Through”
  • I’M GLAD THERE IS YOU  /  Jacqui Dankworth  /  “It Happens Quietly”
  • BLUE SKIES  /  Diana Krall  /  “Turn Up The Quiet”
  • A CHILD IS BORN  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • I AM YOUR CHILD  /  Barry Manilow  /  “Barry Manilow”
  •  CHILDREN WILL LISTEN  /  Bernadette Peters  /  “Sondheim, Etc.: Live At Carnegie Hall”
  • SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “La Scala”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY” (4.29.17)

30 Apr

A day early (and always a dollar short), I celebrated International Jazz Day featuring some favorite and new-found international jazz singers; but I also found time to celebrate the centenary of the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Face The Music”
  • WHERE OR WHEN  /  Roger Cicero  /  “Cicero Sings Sinatra”
  • BLUE SKIES  /  Johanna Sillanpaa  /  “This Side”
  • GEORGIA ROSE  /  Gavin Hope  /  “For All We Know”
  • EVERY TIME I’M WITH YOU  /  Nancy Lane  /  “Let Me Love You”
  • HELLO MY BABY  /  Julian Yeo  /  “1923”
  • I’M THROUGH WITH LOVE  /  Nicole Herzog  /  “Intimacy”
  • BING, BANG, BONG  /   (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Sophia Loren  /  “Houseboat Soundtrack”
  • ISN’T IT ROMANTIC  /  Diana Krall  /  “Turn Up The Quiet”
  • EVERYTHING  /  Ian Shaw  /  “The Theory Of Joy”
  • NO STRINGS  /  Lucy Dixon  /  “Lulu’s Back In Town”
  • OH LOOK AT ME NOW  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • O BORQUINHO  /  Cristina Braga  /  Samba, Jazz, and Love”
  • I LOVE THE WAY YOU’RE BREAKING MY HEART  /  Delicatessen  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • WATCH WHAT HAPPENS  /  Thomas Quastoff  /  “The Jazz Album”
  • TALK TO ME  /  Sarah Lancman  /  “Inspiring Love”
  • CLAP ON THE 2 AND 4  /  Ori Dagan  /  “Clap On The 2 & 4”
  • CHEEK TO CHEEK  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella In Japan”
  • THE MAN I LOVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Live In Berlin”
  • COMME CI, COMME CA  /  Zaz  /  “Recto Verso”
  • A KISS TO BUILD A DREAM ON  /  Jill Barber  /  “Jill Barber Sings The Standards”
  • I WONDER WHAT BECAME OF ME  /  Toots Thielemans & Trijnte Oosterhuis  /  “One More For The Road”
  • DON’T CARE MUCH  /  Clara Vuust  /  “Here’s To Love”
  • MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Interlude”
  • TIME AFTER TIME  /  Johanna Sillanpaa  /  “From This Side”
  • THE NEARNESS OF YOU  /  Laila Biali & Al Muirhead  /  “Northern Adventures”
  • COME SUNDAY  /  The Real Group  /  “Live”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “MUSIC OF THE WORLD” (4.22.17)

23 Apr

Saturday was Earth Day. I forgot to send the earth a card, but I did do a very responsible thing. I recycled a musical theme I’ve used before “Songs with the same word in the title.” Last night the word was World and sometimes Earth. All in all, I spent a couple of productive hours trying to save the planet from boring music.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH  /  Freddie Cole  /  “To The Ends Of The Earth”
  • THIS BITTER EARTH  /  Randy Crawford  /  “Live”
  • I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Classic Sinatra”
  • TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS  /  Dena DeRose  /  “Travelin’ Light”
  • YOU’RE CLEAR OUT OF THIS WORLD  /  Tony Bennett & Stan Getz  /  “Jazz”
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD  /  Peggy Lee  /  “Things Are Swingin’
  • WONDERFUL WORLD  /  Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, James Taylor  /  “Watermark”
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Dwayne Johnson  /  “Journey 2 Sountrack”
  • BIG BAD WORLD  /  The Real Group  /  “Commonly Unique”
  • HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone & Her Friends”
  • IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL  /  Nikki Yanofsky  /  “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”
  • SMALL WORLD  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Live In Las Vegas”
  • EVER SINCE THE WORLD ENDED  /  Mose Allison  /  “The Mose Chronicles”
  • I DON’T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE  /  Jill Seifers  /  “New York Jazz Vocals”
  • IF I RULED THE WORLD  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Rare Capitol Masters”
  • EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD  /  Sue Ellen  /  “Sunday Hangover”
  • THIS FUNNY WORLD  /  Ian Shaw  /  “Taking It To Hart”
  • ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD  /  Sarah Lancman  /  “Inspiring Love”
  • I SHALL BE RELEASED  /  Janet Planet  /  “Sings The Bob Dylan Songbook”
  • WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG  /  Bob Dylan  /  “Triplicate”
  • WHOLLY EARTH  /  Virginia Schenck  /  “Aminata Moseka”
  • AS TIME GOES BY  /  Dexter Gordon  /  “Jazz Standards 101”
  • SACK FULL OF DREAMS  /  Mark Murphy  /  “September Ballads”
  • WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Candid Moments”        
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “AN EVENING WITH ELLINGTON & STRAYHORN” (3.11.17)

12 Mar

It’s the 50-year anniversary of Billy Strayhorn’s death. Instead of sending a card, I played some favorites from the music he wrote and wrote in collaboration with Ellington.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • TAKE THE A TRAIN  /  Duke Ellington Orchestra  /  “The Most Essential Jazz Standards Ever”
  • I GOT IT BAD  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “A Swingin’ Affair”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night”
  • IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Remembering You”
  • LOVE SCENE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Jazz”
  • I’M JUST A LUCKY SO-AND-SO  /  Nicole Herzog & Don Menza  /  “That’s Life”
  • IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • IT DON’T MEAN A THING  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Rosemary Clooney: Jazz Singer”
  • A FLOWER IS A LOVESOME THING  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington  /  “Ella At Dukes’ Place”
  • UPPER MANHATTAN MEDICAL GROUP  /  Dizzy Gillespie  /  “A Portrait Of Duke Ellington”
  • MOOD INDIGO  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Teresa Brewer & Duke Ellington  /  “It Don’t Mean A Thing”
  • YOU BETTER KNOW IT  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone Sings Duke Ellington”
  • DAY DREAM  /  Mark Jennett  /  “The Way I Am”
  • MAYBE  /  Lena Horne  /  “An Evening With Lena Horne”
  • PRELUDE TO A KISS  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Whisper Not”
  • DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE  /  Janet Planet  /  “The Consequence of Two”
  • I’M CHECKING OUT, GOOM BYE  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Strictly Romancing”
  • SOPHISTICATED LADY  /  Al Jarreau  /  “Unforgettable”
  • I LIKE THE SUNRISE  /  Jody Sandhaus  /  “A Fine Spring Morning”
  • BLOOD COUNT  /  Stan Getz  /  “Anniversary”
  • LUSH LIFE  /  Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane  /  “John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman:
  • COME SUNDAY  /  The Real Group  /  “Live in Stockholm”
  • THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING  /  Nancy Valentine  /  “Lovesome”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “OSCAR LOSERS…AND A FEW WINNERS” (2.25.17)

27 Feb

Most of these songs are losers, Oscar losers, that is.  (Though none of the singers and musicians are.) In addition to paying tribute to the Oscar nominated songs, I also took time out to pay tribute to Sweden and Swedish jazz singers in their time of tears and trial following the terrorist attacks that so surprised, if not stunned, us all when we heard about them.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THE CONTINENTAL  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Capitol Sings The Best Movie Songs”
  • CHEEK TO CHEEK  /  Sara Gazarek  /  “Live At The Jazz Bakery”
  • THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Rarities, Outtakes, And Other Delights”
  • I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella In Japan”
  • PENNIES FROM HEAVEN  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • TOO LATE NOW  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • MONA LISA  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Tokyo ‘96”
  • BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOO  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Jazz Loves Disney”
  • CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Capitol Sings The Best Movie Songs”
  • THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Dream”
  • CITY OF STARS  /  Ryan Gosling  /  “La La Land Soundtrack”
  • DEARLY BELOVED  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Hollywood My Way”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  • MY SHINING HOUR  /  Rigmor Gustafsson & Mika Pohjola  /  “New York Vocals”
  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • WILD IS THE WIND  /  Lina Nyberg  /  “Smile”
  • THE EMPTY CHAIR  /  Sting  /  “57th & 9th
  • MY FOOLISH HEART  /  Bill Evans  /  “The Last Waltz”
  • WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Jazz Loves Disney”
  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Diana Krall  /  “Love Scenes”
  • I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • MOON RIVER  /  Melissa Stylianou  /  “Silent Movie”
  • THE RAINBOW CONNECTION  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • TWO FOR THE ROAD  / Nancy LaMott  /  “My Foolish Heart”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO UNCERTAINTY” (1.11.17)

29 Jan

We live in uncertain times, though, honestly, I’m not even certain about that anymore. If you were betting that I’d try to put you at ease and make things better, you totally lost that bet, bud. Two hours of songs about uncertainty of one kind or another. The only thing certain is every singer is a winner.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Record Title

  • WHERE OR WHEN  /  Kristin Berardi  /  “Where Or When”
  • AT LONG LAST LOVE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “A Swingin’ Affair”        
  • MAYBE  /  Nancy Valentine  /  “Lovesome”
  • I KEEP GOING BACK TO JOE’S  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • UNDECIDED  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Take A Look”
  • TICK TOCK  /  Chaise Lounge  /  Gin Fizz Fandango”
  • HOW AM I TO KNOW?  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Here’s To Life”
  • ARE YOU THERE WITH ANOTHER BOY  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • HOW CAN I BE SURE?  /  Anne Farnsworth  /  “Sealed With A Kiss”
  • WHERE DO YOU START?  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • I WALK A LITTLE FASTER  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Fiona Apple  /  “The Best Is Yet To Come”
  • WAIT AND SEE  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • WHERE WOULD YOU BE WITHOUT ME  /  Duchess  /  “Laughing At Life”
  • FOR ALL WE KNOW  / Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “The Beat Goes On”
  • DID WE HAVE ANY FUN?  /  Shepley Metcalf  /  “Something Irresistible”
  • SO MANY STARS  /  Mark Murphy  /  “The Dream”
  • HE LOVES ME I THINK  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Until I Met You”
  • IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN’T  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Until I Met You”
  • TULIP OR TURNIP  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • MY IDEAL  /  Wendy Moten  /  “Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting”
  • WILL YOU STILL BE MINE  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WILL I FIND MY LOVE TODAY?  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall”
  • HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING  /  Ian Shaw  /  “The Theory Of Joy”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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