Sarah Vaughn with a lovely interpretation of a great standard.
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Monday, and knee deep in alternative facts. This Yip Harburg-Harold Arlen song spills the beans.
Nat King Cole was such a great singer that sometimes people forget that he started out as a first-class jazz pianist, as you can see on his piano solo here.
Reunald Jones on trumpet, John Collins on guitar.
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Billie Holiday performed this song throughout her career, but I especially like this 1956 live version, which has much less of an intrusive orchestral backing than the studio Decca recordings of the 40s had. I think this was the first Billie Holiday song I ever heard, and it remains one of my favorites.
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Monday morning says a few more minutes lying in bed, staring at the ceiling fan, wondering what happened.
Count Basie, piano
Herschel Evans, Tenor Sax
Lester Young, Clarinet
Jo Jones, drums
I first encountered this piece while acting in a production of Lorraine Hansberry’s The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. I had to dance drunkenly in the dark to this.
Thanks to YouTuber Rick Russell
Monday morning starts with my favorite jazz standard. I like so many versions of it. This Coleman Hawkins take was new to me, but it’s already become a regular on my playlists.
Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), Bud Powell (piano), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums), at the Essen Jazz Festival, in West Germany, April 2, 1960
Click on the grey triangle above to listen.
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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.”