25 episodes

Explore the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook! Joe Hunter invites a jazz musician guest to explore a standard. Hear 4 different renditions of the featured song, accompanied by insightful, witty commentary from the hosts. Their easy-going conversation makes the show enjoyable for both jazz buffs and novices alike. A production of The Front Porch People.

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    • 4.6, 13 Ratings

Explore the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook! Joe Hunter invites a jazz musician guest to explore a standard. Hear 4 different renditions of the featured song, accompanied by insightful, witty commentary from the hosts. Their easy-going conversation makes the show enjoyable for both jazz buffs and novices alike. A production of The Front Porch People.

    "These Foolish Things"

    "These Foolish Things"

    Joe and Tom discuss 4 renditions of "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)," a beautiful standard by Eric Maschwitz. Then they discuss another of his works called "A Nightingale Sang in Barkley Square" for this week's bonus tune!

    • 36 min
    "Luck Be a Lady"

    "Luck Be a Lady"

    Joe and his guest, Carl Topilow, listen with you to 4 renditions of "Luck Be a Lady," exploring the varied paces in the performances of this standard. They dive into the rich history of this song, which made its debut in the 1950 musical, Guys and Dolls. Enjoy a special rendition of this song performed by its composer Frank Loesser. At the end of the episode you can enjoy this week's bonus tune, “Fugue for Tinhorns," performed by the cast of Guys and Dolls. 
     

    • 36 min
    "Here's That Rainy Day"

    "Here's That Rainy Day"

    Joe and his guest, Lee Bush, listen with you to 4 renditions of "Here's that Rainy Day," exploring the different levels of the melodies and harmonies in this standard. They dive into the profoundly sad lyrics, exposing the ironic nature of this song. Then they listen with you to this week's bonus tune, “September in the Rain," a song performed by Joe Williams with a more upbeat take on rain.

    • 37 min
    "Falling in Love with Love"

    "Falling in Love with Love"

    Joe and his guest, Bill Rudman, listen with you to renditions of "Falling in Love with Love" by Frances Langford, Frank Sinatra, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley & Mary Cleere Haran. They explore the merits of each (of which there are many) and Bill discusses the appearance of this standard in the farce of a play: "The Boys from Syracuse." Then discuss this week's bonus tune, "Thou Swell" by Nat King Cole.
           

    • 34 min
    "All the Things You Are"

    "All the Things You Are"

    Joe and Les kick off their exploration of this romantic standard with a performance by Mildred Bailey, before delving into three other renditions of this classic. From the storytelling of the lyrics to stunning harmonies, Joe and Les give you the low-down on all the things in “All the Things You Are.”  
       
     

    • 36 min
    "What's New?"

    "What's New?"

    Joe and Les cover a charming song from the jazz era, made popular by Bing Crosby in 1939, by exploring four different 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!

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Inkyjourno ,

Insightful, intelligent podcast for any music fan

This is the podcast I have been dreaming of. It helps me understand songs I love, examines their varying interpretations and plays a lot of wonderful music. I loved it before learning that it’s produced in Cleveland, but that’s a big bonus for this native now living in Australia. I miss all the culture in my hometown.

Alan G. ,

Love the show

Great idea to take a classic tune and discuss at length with musical interludes. A fan!

PodcastLover11 ,

High Quality and Intersting

Joe is interesting and sympathetic to the naive listener. This podcast's format reminds me of Revisionist History because it's really polished and organized.

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