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.
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.