Rachael Price—Get Her Before She’s Gone
Jan20

Rachael Price—Get Her Before She’s Gone

[Update, Jan 22, 2014: As this article from the Wall Street Journal explains, Rachael Price's days as an interpreter of the American Songbook are behind her, or at least on hold. See videos down this page to understand why that's happening and why, in this case, it's good for everyone. Get all of Rachael's music here.  See Lake Street Dive's tour schedule here. Listen to the new album on The Colbert Report website here.]   At 28,...

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Rebecca Luker: Kern by the Queen
Jun20

Rebecca Luker: Kern by the Queen

Update jan. 7, 2014. Rebecca Luker’s performance on the PBS series The American Songbook at NJPAC is now airing in the New York area. Check this page and local listings for air times in your area. Rebecca Luker’s I Got Love: Songs of Jerome Kern Since Jerome Kern and, indirectly, Rebecca Luker are partly responsible for this website’s existence, I’m taking a moment for some extra background before diving into my review of...

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Little Georgie Benson Flies Right
Jun06

Little Georgie Benson Flies Right

George Benson. Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole (Available to audition on Spotify.)   Consider the amazing career of George Benson: a child prodigy emerging from the Hill District of Pittsburgh to become a leading jazz guitarist in the sixties, he was a major force in making soulful jazz a sound that could co-exist in the rock world. But no one could have predicted how Benson would explode in the seventies, when he added...

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Eliane Elias: From Brazil with Chet
Jun05

Eliane Elias: From Brazil with Chet

I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker) (available to audition on Spotify) Eliane Elias long ago made her bones in the jazz hierarchy on the strength of her piano playing, and she’s integrated more singing into her work over the years, tackling selected standards on the pop-jazz scale from Irving Berlin’s “They Say It’s Wonderful” to Bill Evans’s “Waltz for Debby.” Interpreting the American Songbook as a singer means one thing...

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Giveaway Winner!
May11

Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Michael Buble has the number-one CD in the country, and to acknowledge his accomplishment, we gave away a signed copy of the hardcover photo-biography Michael Bublé: Flying High (Flame Tree Publishing) by Mike Gent, with a foreword and signature by Tune Tribune Editorial Director Rusty Cutchin. Click here to see the winner’s name (chosen at random by Rafflecopter). Thanks to everyone who entered and to you for...

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Reviews: Willie, Molly, Maddy, Mike
May04

Reviews: Willie, Molly, Maddy, Mike

Check out our spring CD reviews. Michael Bublé’s To Be Loved There once was a singer who operated very successfully in the worlds of both pre-rock and rock-era popular music. This mythological figure, who was known in lands far and wide by the name … continue Molly Ringwald’s Except … Sometimes Okay, here’s the big news: Molly Ringwald is not quite a jazz singer—not if she aspires to the command and confidence of her...

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Lady Day and Ray
May04

Lady Day and Ray

Madeleine Peyroux has charted a unique course as an artist. American by birth, French in adolescence, and completely immersed in both cultures musically, she has built a dedicated following with moody, bluesy interpretations of her own songs, often written in collaboration with others, as well as thoughtfully chosen and neglected classics. She rejects many of the chores of modern music marketing and publicity, which has perhaps...

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Willie Dances On
May04

Willie Dances On

Willie Nelson is an Untouchable, even to people who don’t always buy his records. At the seemingly ancient age of 40, he invented a musical genre (outlaw country) that firmly rejected the recent past of the Nashville Sound and invigorated country for millions of fans. A few years later, with Stardust, he boldly aligned himself with rock-era singers who embraced the American Songbook, bringing another wave of fans along with him. Now,...

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Mike the Knife
May04

Mike the Knife

There once was a singer who operated very successfully in the worlds of both pre-rock and rock-era popular music. This mythological figure, who was known in lands far and wide by the name Bobby Darin, managed to create hits that are now iconic representatives of early rock ‘n’ roll (“Splish Splash”), big-band swing (“Mac the Knife,” “Beyond the Sea,”), and folk-country (“If I Were a Carpenter”). No artist since has existed so...

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Pretty in Pink, Promising in Jazz
May04

Pretty in Pink, Promising in Jazz

Okay, here’s the big news: Molly Ringwald is not quite a jazz singer—not if she aspires to the command and confidence of her idols, like Ella Fitzgerald, or even to the stylistic distinction of her recent interview buddy Jane Monheit. But listening to Ringwald’s new album, Except … Sometimes, and trying to nail down which classic pop singer Ringwald most resembled, I got the distinct flavor on certain high, sustained notes of a quite...

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Updates–Live Music and News
Apr12

Updates–Live Music and News

Click here for all the latest news on artists and performances of the American Songbook and vocal jazz. Check out the left column of the homepage for some of our newest features! First, listen to the greatest interpreters of the American Songbook as you read the Tune Tribune by clicking on one of the links from JazzRadio.com. A small “player” window will open, and you can place it anywhere on your screen. Choose from...

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You’ve Got a Friend Again
Dec18

You’ve Got a Friend Again

On December 13, the Library of Congress announced that Carole King would be the recipient of the 2013 Gershwin Prize in Popular Song. It seems like only yesterday that I unleashed a rabid tirade directed at the august committee of experts that awards the Gershwin Prize. I was called to action not so much by resentment of the choice for 2012—the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David—as by a need to smirk. I felt the committee had taken...

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Digging for Gems in the Music Mines
Jun14

Digging for Gems in the Music Mines

As someone who now has an iTunes library (my second, the pre-rock one) of almost 3.000 songs, I’m finally starting to develop the mindset you expect to see with dedicated (some say rabid) music collectors. I get both excited and irritated when I run across a song I’ve never heard—or heard of—and want it for my collection. I generally stick to songs or albums that I really like or consider historically important. I’m not a completist,...

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Review: Glenn Frey’s After Hours
May19

Review: Glenn Frey’s After Hours

An American Eagle in Nat King’s Court Glenn Frey is part of the solution. That is to say, he has decided in the latter part of his recording career to join the ranks of rock icons who have honored the great popular songs of America’s past. As an exercise in tribute and music education of fans who otherwise might never listen to a swing or modern jazz standard, these efforts are unassailable. But with younger musicians...

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Review: McCartney’s Kisses
Feb28

Review: McCartney’s Kisses

Hugs by Krall, Clapton, & Co.   Of all the pop stars who have issued tribute albums to American pop standards, Paul McCartney is in some ways the least likely to wind his way down the nostalgia lane. In other ways, you might wonder why it took him so long. After all, he was the Beatle who sprinkled the group’s later records with his takes on very old-school arrangements, “When I’m 64″ being probably...

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The Importance of Being Oscar
Feb28

The Importance of Being Oscar

In March, PBS will air a new documentary on one of the seminal figures of 20th-century songwriting, Oscar Hammerstein II. The film is hosted by Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, who was part of the revival cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, the award-winning production that played Lincoln Center from 2008–2010. (Morrison sang “Younger Than Springtime” and “You’ve Got to be Carefully...

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