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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"The Nearness of You"

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Host: Joe Hunter

Guest: Les Roberts

American Standard: “The Nearness of You” (1938)

Music: Hoagy Carmichael

Lyrics: Ned Washington

Featured Performers: Eartha Kitt, Al Jarreau, Scott Hamilton, Norah Jones

Bonus Track: “Lazy Afternoon” (1955)

Performed by: Lucy Reed

Podcast Summary: Joe and Les delve into one of the most romantic tracks from the Great American Songbook and discuss four flawless renditions including an enchanting modern version by Norah Jones. From the intimate nature of the song lyrics to the smooth instrumentals of Hoagy Carmichael’s 1928 “The Nearness of You,” this episode is sure to warm your heart!

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