Category Archives: Sunday Jazz Corner

Sunday Jazz Corner with Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington’s last words were, “Music is how I live, why I live and how I will be remembered”.  He was an American composer, pianist, and jazz-orchestra leader with a career that spanned more than 50 years.  Ellington led his orchestra from 1923 … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Corner With Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald was known as the “Queen of Jazz“.   An American jazz vocalist with impeccable diction, phrasing and a vocal range spanning three octaves.  She would create and change the notes spontaneously with an effortless improvisational style in perfect … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Corner with Al Jarreau, George Benson & Jill Scott

What do you get when you mix Jill Scott, Al Jarreau and George Benson together?  One of the best versions of the jazz classic “God Bless The Child” in the last decade.  How can you go wrong with these music … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Corner with Sammy Davis Jr.

Jazz great and entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. was the coolest cat in the Rat Pack.  He was known as someone who could do it all – sing, dance, play instruments, act, do stand-up and for his self-deprecating humor.  But Sammy … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Corner With Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  He was one of the most famous musicians of the Harlem Renaissance. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Corner With Sarah Vaughan

Grammy award winning American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan was described as having “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.” Biographies of Vaughan frequently stated that she was immediately thrust into stardom after a winning amateur night performance at Harlem‘s Zeus Theater. In … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Corner With Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole (Nathaniel Adams Coles) was born on March 17, 1919 and passed away on February 15, 1965.  He first was known as a leading jazz pianist but went on to be widely noted and adored for his soft, baritone … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Corner With Billie Holiday

Pure Jazz perfection.  Billie Holiday singing the blues live in this video version of Fine and Mellow with Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Gerry Mulligan, Vic Dickenson and Roy Eldridge.  You can see Billie’s talent and vocal gift of … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Corner with Nina Simone

This version of  “Strange Fruit” by Nina Simone channels what many feel during racial times from years gone by to current controversial issues such as the Trayvon Martin shooting.  See the link below for the lyrics (controversial to many) and … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Corner with Chet Baker

This week we celebrate two versions of My Funny Valentine by Chet Baker.  The first, his classic studio recording which in my opinion was one of the best versions of My Funny Valentine ever recorded.  The second shows footage of … Continue reading

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