Why this tune? Today (September 22, 2020) is the autumnal equinox, the first official day of the autumn season. The cool autumn weather has also arrived in Washington, DC, making this a good time to feature one of the most famous songs of the season, “Autumn Leaves.” I perform this regularly with Barbara Papendorp, whoContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Autumn Leaves”
Why this tune album? Today, September 15, is the birthday of the great Cannonball Adderley, who released one of my favorite albums, his collaboration with Nancy Wilson I mentioned in a story in February Also this week: Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, starts on Friday night, September 18. I found a way to celebrateContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Cannonball plays Fiddler”
Why this tune? The Metro subway system in the Washington, DC area just resumed full service. I’d like to offer my song “Stand Right” as a refresher for people who may need a reminder of the unwritten rules of local transit. When I returned to the DC area about 10 years ago, I learned howContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Stand Right”
Why this tune? We’re celebrating Horace Silver’s birthday this week, so in his memory I chose to celebrate one of his most well-known original tunes “Song For My Father”. His first recording is an iconic jazz classic, an instrumental version released as the title track of an album in 1964, featuring a photo of Silver’sContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Song For My Father”
Why this tune? You never know what will happen to a song after you release it into the world. I don’t think Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke expected that their song “Imagination,” a hit for Glenn Miller in 1940, would become an R&B hit for Miki Howard over 40 years later. I first heardContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Imagination”
Why this tune? The great Tony Bennett celebrated his 94th birthday a couple of weeks ago – that reminded me of a great version of Old Devil Moon he performed on MTV Unplugged in 1994, which my musical colleague Tony Gudell shared with me. Burton Lane and Yip Harburg wrote it as a slow romanticContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Old Devil Moon”
Why this tune? You never know what will trigger a good song idea. In the case of “Let’s Wander,” from my album “Making Up For Lost Time,” it was lunch at a taco restaurant and a coaster that said “Let’s go where the wifi is weak.” That connected with another phrase I had written downContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Let’s Wander”
Why this tune? Today I’m remembering Louis Armstrong on his birthday. My late father was a big jazz fan, and some of the earliest music I can remember are the sounds of Louis Armstrong coming from my dad’s mono hifi system. I’m sure he played “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue,” written by his wife Lil HardinContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Struttin’ With Some Barbecue”
Why this tune? I read recently that Burt Bacharach released his first new songs in 15 years, a collaboration with the Nashville writer/producer Daniel Tashian. That event reminded me of one of my favorite albums, his project with Elvis Costello, “Painted From Memory” from 1998. If you haven’t heard it yet, please check it out. It’sContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: This House Is Empty Now”
Why this tune? Today marks the birthday today of Sonny Clark, a great pianist who died far too young in 1963 at age 31. He recorded a fine version of “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise” in 1958. This is another jazz and jam session classic that comes to us from the theater world, inContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise”
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