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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"Lush Life"

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Host: Joe Hunter

Guest: Les Roberts

American Standard: “Lush Life” (1938)

Music: Billy Strayhorn

Lyrics: Billy Strayhorn

Featured Performers: Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Billy Strayhorn, & Queen Latifah

Bonus Track: “I’m Checkin’ Out, Goombye”

Performed by: Rosemary Clooney

Podcast Summary: Joe and Les listen with you to 4 renditions of “Lush Life,” discussing the relative obscurity of this song, telling the stories behind the different performers of this song, and revealing their honest feelings about each each version of it.

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