Karrin Allyson: “Wrap Up Some of That Sunshine”

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Five-time Grammy award nominee jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson does it all: sings, plays classical and jazz piano, interprets the Great American Songbook with her unique musical sensibility, and writes her own songs. With the informal intimacy and spontaneity that David Kenney fosters at his monthly Everything Old Is New Again Live cabaret series, Ms. Allyson decided to alter her planned program in order to sing one of her own songs for the packed house, apropos for the rainy day in NYC.

Each month at Everything Old Is New Again Live—stationed at the elegant Metropolitan Room—Kenney and co-producers Frank Dain and Cabaret Scenes Magazine present a veritable master class of vocal wizardry and interpretation. This month, the enthusiastic audience was treated not only to Karrin Allyson, but also Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, Natalie Douglas, Stacy Sullivan, Gay Marshall, Nick Adams,  Erich Bergen,  Jonathan Karrant, Dane Vannatter, Ross Patterson, and Jon Weber, experts all at their craft.

David’s show can be heard on Sunday nights from 9-11pm on WBAI 99.5 FM, simulcast on WBAI.org on the Internet. And David’s live cabaret show continues on the first Sunday of each month from the Metropolitan. The next live show will be on Sunday, May 1st. If you’re in the NYC area then, join him for some great entertainment.

Click on the gray triangle above  to hear Karrin Allyson’s  “Wrap Up Some of That Sunshine.”

Bromeliad Royalty: Annette Funicello

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Monday morning starts off with worship of her royal highness, The Pineapple Princess, Annette Funicello, reigning since the summer of 1960.

I owned this 45 when it first came out. It must have been one of the first dozen I had ever bought.  It was on the Buena Vista label, and if I recall correctly, the flip side was a number called “Luau Cha-Cha-Cha.”

PP was written by Richard and Robert Sherman, who were the house songwriters for Disney in the sixties. They wrote a score of scores including the music and lyrics for Mary Poppins, The Parent Trap, and “It’s a Small World, After All.”

The Control of Chaos: Lennart Green

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Swedish magician Lennart Green’s characterization of a shambling, seemingly clumsy performer of magic is carefully calculated to both conceal and reveal one of the most clever and most original sleight-of-hand card artists of the modern era. The above is from a TED talk that he did.

“The Most Important Person in the History of Baseball”: Ken Burns on Jackie Robinson

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Last Thursday WBAI broadcast the interview I did with filmmaker Ken Burns, whose new PBS documentary Jackie Robinson airs April 11-12. Burns talks with me about the myths that have grown around the legend of Jackie Robinson, and the whole process of filmmaking.

If you have any interest in baseball, film, or American history I think you’ll greatly enjoy listening to this interview with a great American documentarian.

Thanks to Mario Sanchez for helping to edit this radio piece.

Click on the grey triangle to listen.

Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying

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My favorite of the British Invasion groups, aside from The Beatles, The Stones and the Dave Clark Five, was Gerry and the Pacemakers. Though only active for a few years in the first half of the 60s, they had a sound that touched some deeper chords than their contemporaries.  In my opinion, at least one of lead singer Gerry Marsden’s ballads, Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying, was  as good as anything that Lennon and McCartney wrote in that same time frame…and it didn’t hurt that George Martin was the producer on the track.

Thanks to YouTuber felixbautista