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.
"I Feel Pretty"
Host: Joe Hunter
Guest: Dennis Lewin
American Standard: “I Feel Pretty” (1957)
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Featured Performers: Marni Nixon, Sophie Milman, Oscar Peterson, & Sarah Vaughan
Bonus Track: “Somewhere”
Performed by: Jim Bryant & Marni Nixon
Podcast Summary: 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, including its use of baritone. Although not exactly a jazz standard, they discuss the influence of jazz on this piece. You'll also enjoy this week's bonus tune by Jim Bryant & Marni Nixon, performing another piece from West Side Story.