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Mel Torme - BBC Archive Track

Jamie plays a track he recently discovered in the BBC Archives: a session featuring singer Mel Torme performing in 1981.

Jamie Cullum plays an hour of jazz music ranging from its heritage to its future.

This week, Jamie returns to the BBC Archives to dig out a session by Mel Tormé performing in 1981. The track is introduced by Mel's son James Tormé, who reminisces about his father and talks about his father's influence on his own career as a jazz musician.

Previous archive sessions on the show have included performances by Cleo Laine, Thelonious Monk and George Benson.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Iris Bell Trio Featuring Butch Miles

    Something Else

    • Something Else/ Baby You’ve Got Soul.
    • Cadillac Records.
  • Kerkko Koskinen Orchestra

    Modern Single Man

    • Jazz From Finland.
    • Music Finland.
  • Gwyneth Herbert


    • The Sea Cabinet.
    • Monkeywood/Aldeburgh Music.
  • Oliver Nelson

    One For Bob

    • More Blues and The Abstract Truth.
    • Impulse!.
  • James Tormé

    Soft Songs

    • Love For Sale.
    • eOne Music.
  • BBC Archive Track

    • Mel Tormé

      Blues In The Night (Live on Parkinson, 1981)

  • The Heliocentrics

    Collateral Damage

    • 13 Degrees Of Reality.
    • Now-Again.
  • Maida Vale Session Track

    • The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

      Reason Or Rhyme

  • Thelonious Monk Septet

    Off Minor (Take 5)

    • Monk’s Music.
    • Riverside.
  • Ed Harcourt

    Hey Little Bruiser

    • Back Into The Woods.
    • CCCLX.


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