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: “What’s New?” (1939)
Music: Bob Haggart
Lyrics: Johnny Burke
Featured Performers: Dinah Washington, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Smith, Boz Scaggs
Bonus Track: “Love Me or Leave Me” (1945)
Performed by: Kay Starr
Podcast Summary: Joe and Les cover a charming song from the jazz era, made popular by Bing Crosby in 1939, while exploring four renditions. You’ll hear versions from the talented jazz musician Dinah Washington, a strong vocal performance from Linda Ronstadt, a romantic instrumental version and much more!