Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Playlist for Sunday, February 28, 2016: Cuz Black Broadway.

I listen to Jazz 90.1 a lot. I sleep-walk to the radio in the am's, and "Push De Button" for Joelle, mosey to the shops with Linda around lunch time, work to the afternoon dulcet tones of Phil. I leave it on thru Petrie's wacky fusion and Rob's Big Band, Jann on Friday, Otto on Sundays (AND Tuesdays. Hell, I know that show by heart!). For some reason, I feel the need to invite the Sound Byte guys for lunch, and Jann for a drink, that's how close this relationship has gotten. And this month, because of that connection, I learned a heck of a lot about African American Jazz Artists, because February is Black History Month, and Jazz 90.1 does a super job enlightening you about the musicians you hear everyday on this station.

And the thing that hit me was...Black Broadway. There's a ton of black performers, composers and lyricists there to celebrate, much more than my meager 2 hour capabilities will be able to represent, but we will try!  Performers like Ethel, Nell, Harry, Lena, Audra, Leslie...historical shows like Porgy and Bess, Cabin in the Sky...juke box shows that spotlighted black composers like Fats, Duke, the Count shows that championed or featured black characters and their condition, like Golden Boy, Hallelujah, Baby!, Ragtime, The Civil War. There's a lot. We may have to do a few sequels.

So that's Sunday, when the Kim show will be hot, cool, angry, sweet, and sassy.  Cuz Black Broadway.

I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (Nell Carter, Ain't Misbehavin')
Azure Te (Jerry Dixon, Doug Eskew, Ensemble, Five Guys Named Moe_
Lounging At The Waldorf (Ken Page, Ensemble, Ain't Misbehavin')
Sophisticated Lady (Chip Garnett, Bubbling Brown Sugar)
Three Little Maids (Paulette Ivory, Alison Jiear, Veronica Hart, The Hot
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie (Milton Craig Nealy, Jeffrey Sams, Glen Turner,
         Five Guys Named Moe)
It Ain't Necessarily So (Lena Horn, Porgy And Bess)
A Woman Is A Sometime Thing (Harry Belafonte, Porgy And Bess)
I Wants To Stay Here (Lena Horn, Porgy And Bess)
One Man (Pearl Bailey, House Of Flowers)
So Long Dearie (Pearl Bailey, Hello Dolly!)
Taking A Chance On Love (Ethel Waters, Cabin In The Sky)
Honey In The Honey Comb (Lena Horn, Cabin In The Sky)
Monotonous (Eartha Kitt, New Faces of 1952)
Skid Row (Downtown) (Leilani Jones, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Sheila Kay
          Davis, Ron Taylor, Ensemble, Little Shop Of Horrors)
Feed Me! (Ron Taylor, Lee Wilkof, Little Shop Of Horrors)
Sarah Brown Eyes (Brian Stokes-Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Ragtime)
Dulcinea (Brian Stokes-Mitchell, Man Of La Mancha)
The Microphone (Brian Stokes-Mitchell, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous
Run And Tell That! (Corey Reynolds, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Kerry Butler,
Sex Is In The Heel (Billy Porter, Ensemble, Kinky Boots)
Guns And Ships (Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Lin-Manuel
         Miranda, Hamilton)
Smile, Smile (Leslie Uggams, Robert Hooke, Hallelujah Baby!)
My Own Morning (Leslie Uggams, Hallelujah Baby!)
Colorful (Sammy Davis, Jr., Golden Boy)
On The Right Track (Ben Vereen, John Rubenstein, Pippin)
First You Dream (Audra McDonald, Steel Pier)
Sarah (Carl Anderson, The Civil War)
And I Am Telling You (Jennifer Holliday, Dream Girls)
We Had A Dream (Pamela Isaacs, The Life)

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