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Jazz Appreciation Month
8:48 am
Tue April 28, 2015

“Summertime” | Listener Picks 2, April 28

Singer and actress Abbie Mitchell
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Composed by George Gershwin, “Summertime” made its debut on October 10, 1935, song on the American folk opera Porgy and Bess. Actress Abbie Mitchell sings it as a lullaby to her baby in the opening act.

Tune in today as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with some of this compositions most notable covers!

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Jazz Appreciation Month
8:41 am
Tue April 28, 2015

“How High the Moon” | Listener Picks 2, April 28

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“How High the Moon” was composed by Morgan Lewis with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton. The tune made its Broadway debut in 1940, performed by Alfred Drake and Frances Comstock for the revue Two for the Show.

The show was set in wartime London and ran at the Booth Theater for 124 performances. It was one of the many collaborations between Lewis and Hamilton. Other titles in their repertoire include One for the Money and Three to Get Ready.

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Stories of Standards
9:12 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Strayhorn's "Raincheck" | Stories of Standards

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
Credit deeprootsmag.org; Information and text from Wikipedia.

"Raincheck" was composed by Billy Strayhorn and arranged by Les Hooper. Recorded in the wake of Strayhorn's death by his long-time music partner, Duke Ellington, the song debuted in Ellington's 1967 album ...And His Mother Called Him Bill.

A tribute to Strayhorn, all album songs were either written or co-written by the great jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger.

Strayhorn's and Ellington's collaboration spanned nearly three decades.

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Music
3:54 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

New Music Monday--April Finale

We close out another  April Jazz Appreciation Month by featuring a project by 6 of the Front Range's finest musicians, it's The Montgomery Herman Quinlan Sextet's Hear, Here on Summit Records. In addition to the front line of horns, Bob-trumpet, Al-trombone, and Josh-sax, you'll hear Dave Hanson-piano, Ken Walker-bass, and Todd Reid, a most formidable rhythm section.

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Music
4:59 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

April CD of the Month: When Grappelli Meets Latin America

In the liner notes of the new recording of Federico Britos, NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera states, “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Federico Britos, a musician so versatile and charismatic that he’ll get called for a dance, an operetta, a cocktail party, or simply to have a drink in his endearing company and chat in some Miami café.” Some poignant words from one gifted musician to another.  When he was only 5 years old in his native Montevideo, Uruguay Britos began playing violin following in his father’s footsteps.

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