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On this weekend's edition of GW Presents American Jazz, Nina Simone sings a song for Fathers, while Vanessa Rubin performs a song she wrote for Simone. Also on the set this week, Zoot Sims and Billie Holiday square off on two back-to-back versions of "That Old Devil Called Love."

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March

10th

2012


This week's GW Presents American Jazz features three historic Count Basie collaborations. The Basie Band teams up with Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams, and in a special 1961 recording session, the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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March

3rd

2012


Johnny Mercer, the musical poet from Savannah, Georgia, and one of the great composers of songs for the American Songbook, is honored on this week's GW Presents American Jazz. Mercer's classics like "I Thought About You," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "That Old Black Magic," and "Blues In The Night" are performed by Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, and Red Garland.

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February

25th

2012


Louis Armstrong, Gene Harris, and Joe Williams play the music of Fats Waller on this week's edition of GW Presents American Jazz. And in a memorable match-up, Duke Ellington performs in concert with Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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February

18th

2012


GW Presents American Jazz commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first best-selling bossa-nova album in North America. The impact of this "Jazz Samba" album, recorded in Washington, D.C. by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd in 1962, continues to effect jazz today.

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February

11th

2012


John Hasse, producer of the Hoagy Carmichael Collection of recordings from the Indiana Historical Society joins host Dick Golden as a special guest on this week's GW Presents American Jazz. The music from this weekend's show (all written by composer Carmichael) includes performances by Louis Armstrong, Mildred Bailey, Dave McKenna, and the Boswell Singers.

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February

4th

2012


GW Presents American Jazz pays tribute to the city of New Orleans this week with some of the jazz icons who called the "Big Easy" home. Wynton Marsalis remembers Joe "King" Oliver and Louis Armstrong celebrates his N'awlins heritage with friend Jack Teagarden as they sing "Where A Star Was Born."

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January

28th

2012


On this weekend's edition of GW Presents American Jazz, Tony Bennett, Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, and Sarah Vaughn breathe life into the dead of winter with some chilly tracks to set the tone for this snowy season.

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January

21st

2012


GW Presents American Jazz travels back in time this week to the 1959 Brussels' World's Fair to hear a Gershwin medley from Benny Goodman. Also on the set this week, Joe Williams and George Shearing join forces in a toast to life, and Benny Golson plays music written by Dave Brubeck in his "Own Sweet Way."

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January

14th

2012


Composer Cole Porter is well represented on this weekend's GW Presents American Jazz, as Dave McKenna, Tonny Bennett, Sammy Davis, and Fred Astaire perform the music and lyrics of one of America's foremost songwriters.

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January

7th

2012


GW Presents American Jazz brings in the New Year this weekend with Carol Slone's "What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?" and a "Here’s To Life" toast from Shirley Horn.

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December

31st

2011


This week's GW Presents American Jazz features two back-to-back reflections of Vernon Duke's "Autumn in New York" – a vocal version from Lena Horn, and an instrumental interpretation by the Bill Charlap Trio at the Village Vanguard in New York City.

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December

17th

2011


On this week's edition of GW Presents American Jazz, Ruby Braff, Johnny Hartman, and John Coltrane perform the iconic compositions of Richard Rodgers. Later on the set, Dinah Washington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong liven up the lyrics of Fats Waller.

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December

10th

2011


Special guest John Hasse, Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian's American History Museum, joins host Dick Golden to highlight selections from the newly released "Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology," a 111 track, 200 page collection and celebration of jazz music on this week's GW Presents American Jazz.

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December

3rd

2011


Kick-back, relax, and give thanks as Dianna Krall, Joe Williams, and Erroll Garner season the set on this week's GW Presents American Jazz.

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November

26th

2011


On this week's GW Presents American Jazz, composer Cole Porter is remembered with performances by Sonny Rollins, Ella Fitzgerald, and Erroll Garner. And stick around for the second half of the program as we take a trip to "Duke’s Place" with Bud Powell, Louis Armstrong, and the Duke himself.

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November

19th

2011


GW Presents American Jazz remembers the great contributions Kansas City made to jazz with the Count Basie Orchestra and vocalist Jimmy Rushing. Also on the program this week, performances by Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington.

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November

12th

2011


Selections from Tony Bennett’s acclaimed "Duets II" album, including his treasured performance with the late Amy Winehouse can be heard on this week's edition of GW Presents American Jazz.

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November

5th

2011


GW Presents American Jazz takes us back to the summer of 1958 this week for the Newport Jazz Festival and a "Rocking" performance from Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, and Bobby Hackett.

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October

29th

2011


This weekend's GW Presents American Jazz features the iconic musical styling's of pianist and composer George Shearing as he teams up with the smooth baritone vocals of Nat King Cole and French jazz violinist Stephanie Grapelli.

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October

22nd

2011


Heartache and heartbreak rule the air on this weekend's edition of GW Presents American Jazz. Frankie Laine can't shake "That Old Feeling," Ken Peplowski's "Love Belongs to Somebody Else," and "The Song is Ended" for Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers.

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October

15th

2011


In 1961 the Duke Ellington Orchestra recorded two historic albums, teaming up with the Count Basie Orchestra, and for the first and only time, Louis Armstrong. Listen in to a few memorable selections from these sessions along with the music of Mel Torme, Erroll Garner, and Joe Williams on this week's GW Presents American Jazz.

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8th

2011


On this weekend's edition of GW Presents American Jazz, Susannah McCorkle, Billie Holiday, and Dave McKenna perform the classic compositions of the great Billy Strayhorn. And stay tuned for the second hour as Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman face-off in two back-to-back versions of "Lady Be Good."

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October

1st

2011


As the leaves begin to turn and the air begins to chill, GW Presents American Jazz offers some tunes to help you welcome the new autumn season with music from Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Hartman, and Frank Sinatra with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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September

24th

2011


The bass and blast of two trumpet legends can be heard on the same track this week in a rare recording with Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge. Also on this edition of GW Presents American Jazz, a George Gershwin Medley performed by the Benny Goodman Orchestra at the U.S. Pavilion at the Brussels' World's Fair in 1958.

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September

17th

2011


GW Presents American Jazz jumps from one sleepy state to the next this week as Frankie Laine and the Buck Clayton All-Stars perform "Stars Fell on Alabama" and Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald sing "Moonlight in Vermont."

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September

10th

2011


The music of American songwriter and composer Cole Porter is brought to life on this week's edition of GW Presents American Jazz with some outstanding performances from Frank Sinatra, Art Tatum, Rosemary Clooney, and Dinah Washington.

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September

3rd

2011


GW Presents American Jazz features some true American originals this week from the musical genius of Irving Berlin. Dizzy Gillespie sings a "Russian Lullaby," Louis Armstrong puts "All [His] Eggs in One Basket," and Eva Cassidy dances "Cheek to Cheek."

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August

27th

2011


Dianna Krall pays tribute to Nat King Cole on this week's GW Presents American Jazz with "You Call it Madness" and a duet with Natalie Cole that's "Better Than Anything Else." Joe Turner and Alberta Hunter sweeten the set with some "Down Home" southern blues and saxophonist Zoot Sims remembers Duke Ellington.

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August

20th

2011


GW Presents American Jazz takes us back to 1969 this weekend for Washington, D.C. native Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington's 70th birthday party at the White House. Some other highlights on the set this week include tracks from Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, and Carol Sloane.

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August

13th

2011


Dick Golden hosts a two-hour celebratory tribute to Tony Bennett, who turns 85 years young this week on a very special edition of GW Presents American Jazz. A National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (class of 2006) and a UN Citizen of the World recipient (2007), Tony Bennett talks about his love of Brazil and England and why music really is "the universal language of humanity."

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August

6th

2011


On this weekend's edition of GW Presents American Jazz host Dick Golden plays a selection from the only recording of Rosemary Clooney with the Woody Herman Band. Dianna Krall, Miles Davis, and pianist Ahmad Jamal are also on the set this week.

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July

30th

2011


Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams both owe their stardom to their singing stint with the Count Basie Orchestra. Hear selections from these two Count Basie protégés as well as music from Dinah Washington, Dave Brubeck, and the Count himself on this edition of GW Presents American Jazz.

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July

23rd

2011


The classic 1939 Coleman Hawkins recording of "Body & Soul" is one of two performances by the renowned saxophonist featured on this weekend's edition of GW Presents American Jazz. Also on the set this week, music from George Shearing, Mel Torme, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

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July

16th

2011


As the mercury rises and the sidewalks swell, GW Presents American Jazz helps listeners beat the heat and feel some relief this week with some "cool" tracks from Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter, and Ella Fitzgerald.

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July

9th

2011


Some called him "Satchmo," others knew him as "Pops," but to close friend Bing Crosby, he was simply "the beginning and end in American music." As we celebrate what it means to be from the "Land of the Free" this weekend, GW Presents American Jazz honors the "American genius," Louis Armstrong.

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July

2nd

2011


American composer Richard Rodgers, collaborating first with lyricist Larry Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein II, wrote more than 900 of America's most cherished songs and 43 musicals. GW Presents American Jazz honors his legacy this week with musical interpretations by such artists as Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsallis, and Nina Simone.

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June

25th

2011


On this week's edition of GW Presents American Jazz host Dick Golden has a case of the "Summertime Blues." Carmen McRae sings a concert version of Fats Waller's "Black & Blue" and Joe Williams plays his 1950s hit with the Count Basie Orchestra, "Everyday I Have the Blues."

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June

18th

2011


From Frankie Laine and Buck Clayton's playful "Roses of Picardy," to Dinah Washington's lovesick "Blue Gardenia," the many moods and sounds of spring can be heard this week on GW Presents American Jazz.

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June

11th

2011


On this week's edition of GW Presents American Jazz host Dick Golden pays tribute to composer and lyrist Cole Alpert Porter, remembered as one of the great giants of popular songwriting. Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Art Tatum, and Tony Bennett perform some "Cole classics" in this two-hour special.

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June

4th

2011


GW Presents American Jazz fires up the birthday candles this week with tributes to some of May's most talented maestros. Benny Goodman, the "King of Swing," is remembered along with his birthday buddy, jazz pianist Dave McKenna.

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May

28th

2011


On this week's edition of GW Presents American Jazz we remember the larger-than-life legend of Mr. Thomas "Fats" Waller. Listen in and pay tribute to the man collaborator Andy Razaf described as "the soul of melody…a man who made the piano sing…both big in body and in mind he was known for his generosity – he was a bubbling bundle of joy!"

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May

21st

2011


GW Presents American Jazz celebrates the life and music of Woodrow Charles Herman this week in a special birthday tribute. "Woody" Herman was a celebrated clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and fearless leader of one of the most popular bands in the "Swing Era."

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May

14th

2011


American theatre composer Jerome Kern put it best – "Irving Berlin IS American music." In a special two-hour tribute this week, GW Presents American Jazz celebrates the lasting legacy of composer and lyricist Irving Berlin. It is because of Berlin that we can enjoy "Blue Skies," "White Christmas[es]" and of course, our rousing renditions of "God Bless America."

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May

7th

2011


Roy Pullens, Headmaster of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, helps host Dick Golden wrap up Jazz Appreciation Month this weekend as they pay homage to the inspiration behind the institution: the legendary Duke Ellington.

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April

30th

2011


This weekend’s edition of GW Presents American Jazz highlights some of the nation’s highest honorees in jazz – the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Shirley Horn, The Marsalis Family and a host of other jazz geniuses lend their musical mastery to the set this week.

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April

23rd

2011


Davey Yarbrough, founder and director of the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, joins host Dick Golden to discuss the importance of jazz education, and singer Carol Sloane stops by the studio to share her insights on the life and music of influential jazz vocalist Carmen McRae.

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April

16th

2011


Jazz Appreciation Month continues this week with a tribute to the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Ella belts out “Body and Soul” from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957, and John Hasse, curator of American music at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, talks about the museum’s acquisition of the “Ella Fitzgerald Collection.”

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April

9th

2011


Host Dick Golden kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month this week with the event’s Program Director Joann Stevens. Listen in as the pair discusses the celebration’s nine-year history and this year’s theme: “Women and Jazz: Transforming a Nation.”

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April

2nd

2011


On this week’s GW Presents American Jazz Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald croon to the moon while Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington celebrate the sunrise.

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March

26th

2011


This weekend’s GW Presents American Jazz features the Benny Goodman Band and singer Jimmy Rushing in a Gershwin Medley at the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels.

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March

19th

2011


Duke Ellington welcomes the coming of spring on this week’s GW Presents American Jazz with his light and airy version of “Lotus Blossom.” Ellington’s influences flow throughout the set as Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, and Johnny Hodges lend life to some of his most memorable tracks.

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March

12th

2011


This weekend’s GW Presents American Jazz features two versions of Billie Holiday’s classic “Good Morning Heartache,” the first by “Lady Day” herself, and the second by pianist Ray Bryant. Some other beauties of Blues join the set list this week with songs from Nancy Wilson, Maxine Sullivan, and Lena Horne.

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March

5th

2011


On this week’s edition of GW Presents American Jazz Louis Armstrong and his pal Jack Teagarden perform “A Song Was Born” and Wynton Marsallis and Willie Nelson perform “Basin Street Blues” together at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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February

26th

2011


This week’s GW Presents American Jazz is all about teamwork. Billy Eckstine sings “Stormy Blues” with Count Basie’s orchestra, trumpeter Clifford Brown adds some brass to Helen Merrill’s smooth vocals, and jazz giants Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington give us “Something to Live For.”

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February

19th

2011


Love is in the air on this week’s edition of GW Presents American Jazz. Saxophonist Scott Hamilton plays his swinging version of “What Is This Thing Called Love,” vibraphonist Milton “Bags” Jackson keeps it cool in “Close Enough For Love,” and “The Velvet Fog” (AKA Mel Torme) rolls in with pianist George Shearing in “Love.”

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February

12th

2011


This weekend’s GW Presents American Jazz program is a two hour tribute to one of America’s greatest composers of popular songs, Jerome Kern. “The Way You Look Tonight,” “The Song Is You,” “A Fine Romance,” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” are among the songs featured this week with outstanding performances from artists like Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz, Carmen McRae, and Erroll Garner.

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January

29th

2011


This week’s GW Presents American Jazz is dedicated to the life and times of composer, pianist, and vocalist Fats Waller. Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, and Count Basie with saxophonist Zoot Sims pay tribute to a true American original.

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January

22nd

2011


The influence of Brazilian music on jazz is clearly heard on this weekend’s GW Presents American Jazz. Susannah McCorkle’s classic recording of Antonio Jobim’s “The Waters of March” and the Gene Harris Quartet’s version of Clare Fisher’s “Pensativa” represent South America’s contributions to jazz.

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January

15th

2011


This weekend’s edition of GW Presents American Jazz features a performance by the Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars recorded in London in 1969. This week’s set also includes music from Mark Murphy, Billie Holiday, and Chet Baker.

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January

8th

2011


GW Presents American Jazz brings in the New Year this weekend with two dreamy performances from the American standard, “Moonlight in Vermont.” Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald lend their pipes to their vocal version, while saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Johnny Smith lay down their class instrumental rendition of the song.

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January

1st

2011


This week’s GW Presents American Jazz marks the change of seasons as we say goodbye to “September Song[s]” and “Autumn in New York” and welcome in the “Quiet Nights” and “Cool Walk[s]” of winter. Oscar Peterson, Billie Holiday, and the Bill Charlap Trio among others help us make the chilly transition.

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December

18th

2010


On this week’s edition of GW Presents American Jazz host Dick Golden pays tribute to one of America’s most iconic entertainment legends, Frank Sinatra. He may be considered a “popular” singer, but with the help of artists like Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington we see the soul behind Ol’ Blue Eyes.

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December

11th

2010


GW Presents American Jazz pays tribute this week to the Gershwin brothers. Composer George and lyricist Ira together created some of America’s most enduring music including “They All Laughed,” “Summertime,” and “I Got Rhythm.” Tune in to hear those works and many more as the biggest names in Jazz perform some of America’s greatest contributions to the human spirit - the music of the Gershwins.

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December

4th

2010


On this Thanksgiving edition of GW Presents American Jazz host Dick Golden provides a set to feed the soul, with selections from such treasured songbirds as Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae, and Billie Holiday.

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November

27th

2010


This weekend’s edition of GW Presents American Jazz features the evolution of composer Hoagy Carmichael's genius. Listeners trace a Carmichael classic back to its original 1931 performance by Louis Armstrong, and follow "the stardust of [the] song" into the 21st century as the melody morphs into a duet featuring Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsallis.

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October

20th

2010


On this week’s GW Presents American Jazz host Dick Golden throws an hour-long birthday tribute to one of America’s foremost composers of popular music, Johnny Mercer. Art Tatum, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams and Count Basie’s band offer their interpretations of the legendary lyricist’s creations.

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November

13th

2010


This GW Presents American Jazz goes from "Black and Blue" to "Blue in Green” with melancholic melodies from Billie Holiday, Gene Harris, and Louis Armstrong. Miles Davis joins Blues' bests with a selection from his historical recording "All Blues."

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November

6th

2010


GW Presents American Jazz pays tribute to the lyrical brilliance of Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart this week as Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, and Oscar Peterson each lend their pipes to one of many enduring hits written by the pioneering pair.

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October

30th

2010


On this week’s GW Presents American Jazz Doctgo Reinhart performs his classic rendition of "Nuages" and Susannah McCorkle presents her take on the tune with an added English twist.

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October

23rd

2010


This weekend’s GW Presents American Jazz features the sounds of Dinah Washington, Alberta Hunter, and a Grammy Award winning performance from Mel Torme and George Shearing.

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October

16th

2010


On this week's edition of GW Presents American Jazz Count Basie and Duke Ellington join forces and orchestras for the first (and only) time in a memorable recording session back in the summer of 1961. Together, the Count and the Duke create the smooth and swanky sound of "Seque in C."

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October

9th

2010


This weekend on GW Presents American Jazz Louis "Pops" Armstrong sings the wistful refrain of a song that inspired Woody Allen to create the classic 1980 film "Stardust Memories."

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October

2nd

2010


On this week’s edition of GW Presents American Jazz host Dick Golden spices up the set with a selection of Latin American songs. Sarah Vaughn sings “So Many Stars” from Brazil, the Great Guitars “Dance the Samba,” and Wynton Marsalis turns up the tango tempo with “Flamingo.

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September

24th

2010


On this week’s GW Presents American Jazz host Dick Golden brings in the blues with some of the country’s most celebrated crooners of the craft. Dinah Washington’s “Got it Bad,” Duke Ellington is “In a Sentimental Mood,” and Mel Torme and George Shearing prove why they are “Born to be Blue.” Start your weekend with soul by tuning in to GW Presents American Jazz.

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September

18th

2010


This weekend GW Presents American Jazz curl up with a glass of hot apple cider and tap your toes to the sounds of the season. Take in the fall foliage with Tony Bennett’s “Autumn Leaves” and stroll down the streets of the Big Apple with Billie Holiday’s “Autumn in New York.”

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September

11th

2010


On this week’s GW Presents American Jazz Ol’ Blue Eyes celebrates his 52nd birthday his way in a historic recording session with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Ella Fitzgerald performs her swinging rendition of “Shiny Stockings” with the Count Basie Orchestra. Jazz up your weekends by tuning in to GW Presents American Jazz.

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September

4th

2010


This weekend, visit one of Washington’s best jazz clubs without leaving home. Host Dick Golden, presents a wide variety of jazz styles on GW Presents American Jazz. This program includes “The First Lady of Song”, Ella Fitzgerald and the legendary Tony Bennett.

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August

21st

2010


This weekend's GW Presents American Jazz features a tribute to legendary composers George and Ira Gershwin as well as the guitar sounds of one of the first European jazz musicians, Dauggo Rheinhardt, that is sure to strike a chord with jazz fans.

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August

14th

2010


On this episode of GW Presents American Jazz host Dick Golden hits all the right notes with a playlist that includes acclaimed saxophonist John Coltrane, vocalist Sarah Vaughn, and pianist Dave McKenna. This weekend's program is also a family affair with selections from the legendary Cole family including Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, and Nat's brother, Freddie.

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August

7th

2010