Saturday, 30 July 2016

LP Artwork: Jeri Southern - Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories

Talk about an album cover of its time... Jeri Southern's 1958 release with orchestrations by Lennie Hayton.

It's almost like a poster for the just-pre-Mad Men era.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Series 7, Prog 18


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

My Last Cigarette - k d lang: Drag
Smoke Rings - The Mills Brothers: London Rhythm
Black Coffee - Julie London: Around Midnight
Smoking Gun - Mads Mathias: Free Falling
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Dinah Washington: Dinah
Don't Smoke In Bed - Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?
These Foolish Things - Nat King Cole: Let's Face the Music
Smoke Dreams - k d lang: Drag
Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories - Jeri Southern: Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories
London By Night - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me
Drinking Again - Aretha Franklin: Unforgettable (A Tribute to Dinah Washington)
When the World Was Young - June Christy: Gone for the Day
Dream - The Pied Pipers: Dream
I'm So Tired - The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album)
Gone with the Wind - Ella In Berlin
Smoke Rings - k d lang: Drag

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Sunday, 24 July 2016

LP Artwork: Carol Sloane Live at 30th Street

Recorded in concert at 30th Street, New York - the famous recording studio purchased by Columbia Records in the late 1940s. With its 100' high ceilings, the acoustics were surprisingly intimate on this rare recording by a young Carol Sloan.

The studio - nicknamed The Church - would play home to sessions for jazz, classical and pop artists including Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story Broadway Cast Album), Pink Floyd (The Wall), Miles Davis (Kind of Blue), Percy Faith (Theme from A Summer Place) and Billie Holiday (Lady In Satin).

Despite its illustrious history, it was pulled down in 1985 to make way for an apartment building.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Series 7, Program 17 (23 Jul 2016)


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

I Concentrate On You - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba’s
What Now My Love - Sammy Davis Jr & Buddy Rich: The Sounds of ’66
Fascinating Rhythm - Sarah Vaughan & LA Philharmonic: Gershwin Live
My Melancholy Baby - Carol Sloane: Live at 30th Street
Million Dollar Secret - Helen Humes: ‘Deed I Do
Then I’ll Be Tired of You - Mel Tormé & George Shearing: An Evening at Charlie’s
Medley: Blue Skies/On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)/A Foggy Day (In London Town) - Ella Fitzgerald: Live from The Cave Supper Club, Vancouver
Maybe This Time - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra 80th/Live In Concert
Keep Smiling at Trouble (Trouble’s a Bubble) - Tony Bennett: Live at The Sahara, Las Vegas, 1964
Maybe - Lena Horne: An Evening with Lena Horne, Live at The Supper Club
If I Could Almost Read Your Mind - Perry Como: In Person (at The International Hotel, Las Vegas)
Do It Again - Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall
Satin Doll - Buddy Greco: Live at The Sands
Broadway Baby - Elaine Stritch: Follies In Concert
You Leave Me Breathless - Nat King Cole: Nat King Cole at The Sands
Climbing Higher Mountains - Diane Schuur: Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Sunday, 17 July 2016

LP Artwork: Mad About the Man/Carmen McRae Sings Noel Coward

Perhaps the least likely of Carmen McRae's themed albums: Mad About the Man - her musical homage to Noel Coward, released in 1958.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Series 7, Prog 16


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Better Than Anything - Irene Kral: Better Than Anything
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love - Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall
Anything You Can Do - Bing Crosby, Dick Haymes & The Andrews Sisters: Single
I Haven’t Got Anything Better to Do - Carol Sloane: We’ll Meet Again
Anything to Sat You’re Mine - Etta James: At Last!
Be Anything (But Darling Be Mine) - Sarah Vaughan: At Mr Kelly’s
(I Would Do) Anything For You - Nat King Cole: Tell Me All About Yourself
Anything Goes - Susan McCorkle: Easy To Love/The Songs Of Cole Porter
I've Got You Under My Skin - Dinah Washington: Dinah Jams
Anything You Wanna Do (I Wanna Do With You) - Billy Eckstine: Once More with Feeling
I'll Try Anything (To Get You) - Dusty Springfield: Toast (Soundtrack)
I’d Do Anything - Lena Horne: It’s Love
I Can’t Do Anything At All - Carmen McRae: Mad About the Man
From Me to You - The Beatles: 1
Alright, Okay, You Win - Clairdee: Music Moves

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Saturday, 9 July 2016

LP Artwork: Velvet Mood - Songs by Billie Holiday

Pioneering LP covers were almost a weekly occurrence when art-loving jazz impresario Norman Granz was releasing countless albums on his Norgran, Clef and Verve labels.

Billie Holiday's version of Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, featured in this week's program, came from a 1955 album entitled Velvet Mood and that is our featured cover along with three other Holiday releases from that era.

Series 7, Prog 15


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Talk to Me, Baby - Mark Murphy: Who Can I Turn To?
Walkin’ and Talkin’ - Dinah Washington: Single
Talk to Me - Frank Sinatra: All the Way
Let the Little People Talk - Lena Horne: Soul
Sweet Talkin’ Hannah - Matt Monro: Here’s to My Lady
I Want to Talk About You - Nancy Wilson: Tender Loving Care
Everybody’s Talkin’ - Perry Como: In Person (at The International Hotel, Las Vegas)
The Talkative Woman and the Two-Star General - Dory Previn: Reflections In a Mud Puddle
Talk to the Animals - Sammy Davis Jr: Sammy Davis Jr Sings the Complete ‘Dr Doolittle’
Talking to Myself - Sinne Eeg: Remembering You
It’s the Talk of the Town - Joe Williams: A Man Ain’t Supposed to Cry
Don’t Talk - Carmen McRae: For Once In My Life
Sweet Talk - Peggy Lee: Let’s Love
Let Them Talk - Harry Connick Jr: Oh, My Nola
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone - Billie Holiday: Velvet Mood
Can’t We Talk It Over - Janet Seidel (with Tom Baker & Ben Jones): The Art of Lounge - Vol 2

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Friday, 8 July 2016

Series 7, Prog 14


Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

I’m Havin’ a Good Time - Alberta Hunter: Downhearted Blues/Live at The Cookery
Once Upon a Time - Tony Bennett: Live at The Sahara, Las Vegas
Sleepy Time Gal - Dinah Shore: Dinah Sings, Previn Plays
Anytime- Margaret Whiting: Margaret
Anytime, Any Day, Anywhere - Nat King Cole: Welcome to the Club
‘Round Midnight - Linda Ronstadt & Nelson Riddle: For Sentimental Reasons
From Time to Time - Mark Murphy: A Swingin’, Singin’ Affair
By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Frank Sinatra: Cycles
I’d Like to Hear It Sometime - Lena Horne: Soul
Bidin’ My Time - Johnny Hartman: Boston Concerts 1976
Seems Like Old Times - The Four Freshmen: Freshmen Favourites
Time After Time - Sarah Vaughan: Sassy Swings The Tivoli
Night Time Is the Right Time - Big Joe Turner & Count Basie: The Bosses
A Time for Love - Morgana King: Gemini Changes
As Time Goes By - Jimmy Durante: Jimmy Durante’s Way of Life
Just In Time - Carmen McRae: Something Wonderful
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Dick Haymes: Dick Haymes Comes Home! (Live at The Cocoanut Grove)

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)