Episode 60: Jazz Spring

So many jazz tunes have been written about the seasons—and Spring is a big one!  We might even get one this year.

This week’s program is nice and mellow….just to ease use gently into the new season.  Even if spring will be a little late this year.   Doesn’t that remind you of a song?

You’ll also hear two jazz instruments you may never have heard before.  One is called an E.V.I.  The other is a teapot.

I play some of the spring ‘standards’ like April in Paris (w. Ella and Louis), It Might As Well Be Spring, Spring Can Really Hang You Up the  Most, Up Jumped Spring, You Must Believe in Spring, and Spring is Here.   As well, I discovered two of the most ‘alive’ Spring songs ever that you may not have heard before.  One is by Antonio Carlos Jobim (he sings it), and the other by Nina Simone.   The latter is an amazing ‘healing’ song for seasonal affective disorder.

And lastly…..Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ has been interpreted by a number of jazz artists.  Here is a rendition by Don Sebesky.


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