Celebrate the Great American Songbook

In this show about the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook, one song is explored by jazz musician host, Joe Hunter, and his guest. Four different renditions of the selected song is introduced by the hosts who compare and contrast the merits of each adaptation.

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"These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)"

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Join Joe and Tom for an exploration of this beautiful standard!
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"Luck Be a Lady"

| S:3 E:4
Dive into the rich history of this standard, which made its debut in the musical, Guys and Dolls
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"Here's that Rainy Day"

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Joe and Lee dive into the profoundly sad lyrics of this standard, exposing its ironic nature.
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"Falling in Love with Love"

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Joe and his guest, Bill Rudman, listen with you to 4 renditions of "Falling in Love with Love," exploring the merits of each...
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"All the Things You Are"

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From the storytelling of the lyrics to stunning melody, Joe and Les give you the low-down on all the things in “All the Things You Are”
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"What's New?"

| S:2 E:8
Joe and Les discuss a charming song from the jazz era, made popular by Bing Crosby in 1939
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"The Nearness of You"

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Covered by hundreds of artists from Dorothy Dandridge to the Rolling Stones, Joe and Les discuss one of the most romantic songs of all time
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"My Funny Valentine"

| S:2 E:6
Joe and Lee discuss a timeless classic from the 1937 musical Babes in Arms that went on to become one the most beloved jazz standards of the Great American Songbook.
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"Love for Sale"

| S:2 E:5
Joe and Ernie explore this lyrically controversial tune from the 1930 Broadway musical, "The New Yorkers"
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"I've Got You Under My Skin"

| S:2 E:4
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1936, this song gives Joe and Ernie several iconic, romantic renditions to explore...
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"Georgia On My Mind"

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Joe and Tom listen with you to four renditions of one of the most popular jazz standards of all time “Georgia On My Mind.”
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"Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered"

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Joe and Les celebrate a show tune from Rodgers and Hart's 1940 musical, Pal Joey, diving into the most notable renditions of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered...”
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"Angel Eyes"

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Joe and Lee Bush listen to a few memorable renditions of “Angel Eyes” while discussing the characteristics of the 1950’s modern jazz era.
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"Ain't Misbehavin"

| S:1 E:12
Joe and George listen with you to 4 renditions of “Ain’t Misbehavin,” and they discuss the life of the great pianist Thomas “Fats” Waller, the style of jazz piano called “stride piano,” and the overall impact of the song.
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"Lush Life"

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Joe and Les explore 4 renditions of “Lush Life,” discussing the relative obscurity of this song, telling the stories about its performers of this song, and revealing their thoughts on each rendition of the piece.
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"Love Walked In"

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Joe and Ernie listen with you to 4 renditions of “Love Walked In,” discussing the gradual development of this song, and revealing their feelings about each each version of it.
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"September Song"

| S:1 E:9
Joe & George Carr discuss the interesting life of composer, Kurt Weill, as well as the Broadway musical that first introduced us to "September Song."
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"I Remember You"

| S:1 E:8
Joe and Larry listen with you to 4 renditions of “I Remember You,” and they discuss the short, yet illustrious career of composer Victor Schertzinger.
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"It Might as Well Be Spring"

| S:1 E:7
Joe and Les discuss the conflicting tones of cheerfulness and melancholy in this jazz standard...
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“Come Rain or Come Shine”

| S:1 E:6
Joe and Ernie listen with you to 4 renditions of "Come Rain or Come Shine," and Ernie discusses the many blues influences in this song.
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"I Feel Pretty"

| S:1 E:5
Joe and Dennis listen with you to 4 renditions of "I Feel Pretty," and then Dennis discusses this song and its place in the West Side Story soundtrack.
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"Moonlight in Vermont"

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Bill Rudman (the nephew of the song’s lyricist, John Blackburn) gives us special insight into the history of this piece.
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"A Foggy Day in London Town"

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Joe and his guest, Les Roberts, listen with you to renditions of "A Foggy Day in London Town" by Fred Astaire, Patti Page, Oscar Peterson, & Judy Garland.
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"The Lady is a Tramp"

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Joe and his guest, Les Roberts, listen with you to renditions of "The Lady is a tramp" by Frank Sinatra, Susannah McCorkle, Erroll Garner, & Lou Rawls.
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"Begin the Beguine"

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Jazz Podcast: Joe & Ernie explore & listen to 4 renditions of "Begin the Beguine"
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