Tag: Song of the Day

Nina Simone – “Sinnerman”

“Sinnerman” presents Nina Simone at her absolute best. The song’s lyrics tell of a sinner’s futile attempt to seek salvation on Judgement Day, and the accompanying music — full of dark, thundering piano chords— heightens the thematic intensity.

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Don Shirley – “At Last”

The film ‘Green Book’ has generated plenty of awards buzz since its release, but more importantly, it has shined a light on Don Shirley, a tragically underappreciated musician and his body of work.

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Billie Holiday – “Good Morning Heartache”

“Good Morning Heartache” was written by Irene Higgenbotham, Dan Fisher and Ervin Drake for the vocalist Billie Holiday, who first recorded it on this day —January 22 — in 1946. In the years since its recorded debut, the song, whose lyrics deal with lingering grief of a love affair gone awry, became one of Holiday’s signature tunes.

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Miles Davis – “Jeru”

Miles Davis’s Birth of the Cool set the mold for the genre that would come to be known as cool jazz. The trailblazing trumpeter and his musical partner, the imaginative conductor-arranger Gil Evans, began recording the album on this day — January 21 — in 1949.

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Chano Pozo – “Manteca”

“Manteca,” by percussionist Chano Pozo and the Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Orchestra, served as a prototype for the genre of music that would come to be known as Latin jazz. 

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Herbie Nichols – “The Lady Sings The Blues”

Pianist Herbie Nichols was born on this day (January 3) in New York City in 1919. An overlooked genius, Nichols was a virtuosic piano player whose original compositions revealed an immense talent for rhythmic ingenuity, harmonic adventurousness and indomitable swing.

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Trombone Shorty – “Where Y’At”

“Where Y’At,” today’s Song of the Day, comes from Trombone Shorty’s 2010 album ‘Backatown,’ which reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz for nine consecutive weeks. 

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Charlie Parker – “White Christmas”

Merry Christmas, jazz fans. Our gift to you: this rare recording of Charlie Parker performing “White Christmas” during a live broadcast at the Royal Roost in New York City in 1948.

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