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  • Nat King Cole Born Today

    March 17, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    As the luck of the Irish would have it, Nathaniel Adams Cole , aka Nat King Cole, was born on this date. Most people know him more as the singer of "Nature Boy" than of "Danny Boy."
    I think I love Nat Cole's piano playing as much as, if not more than, I love his smoky voice. Years ago, I spent college scholarship money on the 18-CD set on Mosaic Records, The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio. 349 songs from 1942-1961. Now out of print...
    I suppose that technically counted as an education expense, right?
    Anyway, here's a video of Nat Cole playing "Tea for Two." Listen for the "Foggy Day" quote in his introduction, and to his "Rhapsody in Blue" reference in his solo. - Josh

     

  • JazzSet Recording Jonathan Batiste Tonight at Jazz Standard

    March 17, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Do you wonder where JazzSet gets our music? Tonight, March 17, we'll be at Jazz Standard on E. 27th between Park & Lex to record the young New Orleans pianist and Juilliard student Jonathan Batiste. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30, with Duuuke Markos doing the mix, WBGO's Yujin Cha and Josh Webb assisting. See you there!

    This past Friday, Chris Willis recorded the SF JAZZ Collective at Chicago Symphony Center for JazzSet.

    Becca Pulliam, JS Producer

  • Othella Dallas Interview with Michael Bourne

    March 14, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Othella Dallas

    Othella Dallas - what a name! You can visualize it now, brilliantly flashing on a marquee. It may already ring familiar to your ear. She was once a rising vocal talent in America, singing at the Apollo in the mid 1950's with Sammy Davis Jr., Sonny Stitt, and King Curtis. After she landed the lead role in New York's production of "Jump for Joy," Duke Ellington composed two songs for her. But you probably don't know this - I didn't. She curbed her singing career in America to launch a ballet school in Switzerland, one that would become very successful. Now she returns to New York and joins Michael Bourne to tell her incredible story. - Simon

    Listen to the interview by clicking here.