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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"What's New?"

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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!

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