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Russell Davies salutes recently departed bandleader Kenny Ball, sends 80th birthday greetings to songwriter Dave Frishberg, and remembers guitar pioneer Eddie Lang.

Tributes to three contrasting musicians are the order of the day. First, a salute to the recently-departed Kenny Ball opens the show with one of Kenny's vocal hits 'So Do I', written by the German team of Theo Mackeban and Hans Fritz Beckman, with English lyrics supplied by Ian Grant; and after we hear Nat King Cole's 'Let There Be Love' (lyric by Ian Grant, music by Lionel Rand) which Russell notes charted contemporaneously in the summer of 1962 with The Kenny Ball Jazzmen's hit, we hear Tony Martin's version of an earlier 'So Do I', a Burke and Johnston film song which Bing Crosby sang on screen in the 1937 hit movie 'Pennies From Heaven'. Russell follows this with a tribute, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, to pianist and songwriter Dave Frishberg, with a string of Frishberg compositions, beginning with 'My Attorney Bernie' in Blossom Dearie's famous version.

Russell then introduces Rita Moreno's version of Frishberg's 'Blizzard of Lies' and Dave's own performance of 'Do You Miss New York'. In between, we get a chance to hear him in the role of accompanist to the great Jimmy Rushing on 'I Surrender Dear'. An even bigger birthday as British-born pianist Marian McPartland's 95th is marked with an excerpt from her New York 85th party with Curtis Stigers singing 'But Not For Me', and Russell goes on to play 'If Love were All' from a 1950s Helen Merrill date in which Marian participated. Finally, the 80th anniversary of the untimely death of the great jazz guitar pioneer and Bing Crosby's accompanist Eddie Lang gives Russell the chance to illustrate Eddie's artistry accompanying three very different singers: Bing, Bessie Smith and, with regular associate Joe Venuti, Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards.

57 minutes

Last on

Sun 24 Mar 2013 21:00

Music Played

  • Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen

    So Do I

    Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen – Greatest Hits

    • Sanctuary.
  • Nat King Cole And George Shearing

    Let There Be Love

    Nat King Cole Sings W. George Shearing Quintet

    • Capitol.
    • 7243 5 25250 2 7.
  • Tony Martin

    So Do I

    Tony Martin – The Early Years

    • Collectables.
    • 7465.
  • Blossom Dearie

    My Attorney Bernie

    Blossom Dearie Sings & Plays Songs Of Chelsea

    • Daffodil.
    • DAFLP1.
  • Rita Moreno

    Blizzard Of Lies

    “Rita Moreno” - Stunning Album From 2000

    • Universal/Varese Sarabande.
  • Jimmy Rushing

    I Surrender Dear

    Jimmy Rushing – Planet Jazz

    • RCA Victor/BMG.
    • 74321 65371 2.
  • Eddie Lang & His Orchestra

    Some of These Days (feat. Bing Crosby)

    Stringing The Blues – Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti

    • Koch Jazz.
    • KOC-CD-7888.
  • Bessie Smith

    Kitchen Man

    Classic Columbia & Okeh Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang Sessions

    • Mosaic.
    • MD8 213.
  • Curtis Stigers and Marian McPartland

    But Not For Me

    Marian Mcpartland & Friends – 85 Candles – Live In New York

    • Concord Jazz.
    • CCD2 2218 2.
  • Helen Merrill

    If Love Were All

    The Complete Helen Merrill On Mercury

    • Mercury.
    • 826 340-2.
  • Dave Frishberg

    Do You Miss New York?

    Dave Frishberg – Do You Miss New York?

    • Arbors.
    • ARCD 19291.
  • Cliff Edwards

    Good Little Bad Little You

    The Classic Columbia & Okeh Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang

    • Mosaic.
    • MD8 213.