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Maybe not a Standard, but maybe in the Blues sense which is intimately tied to jazz, Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone by Bill Withers 1971
Nice! I like both of those renditions. In the first one that dude's cello is held together with electrical tape! (And it's cool he uses the cello in place of stand-up bass)
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The Song "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael 1927, lyrics by Mitchell Parish 1929

"Stardust" is a popular song composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added by Mitchell Parish in 1929. Carmichael recorded the song, originally titled "Star Dust", at the Gennett studio in Richmond, Indiana. The "song about a song about love",[1] played in an idiosyncratic melody in medium tempo, became an American standard and is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century with over 1,500 recordings.[2] In 2004, Carmichael's 1927 recording of the song was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

The New York Voices version:


The Natalie Cole version:


The Willie Nelson version:


There's one more version that really puts Dinah Washington's vocal style in the forefront


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A List of American Standards Would be Incomplete Without This Song

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The song "Something" by George Harrison of the Beatles 1969 Album Abbey Road

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Harrison and Apple publicist Derek Taylor had a standing joke. Whenever either of them had an idea, they would quip "This could be the big one." "Something", written in mid-1968 on a piano in Abbey Road during a break from work on The Beatles, really did become the big one for Harrison.[105]
– Author Ian MacDonald


Shirley Bassey veersion


Frank Sinatra version:


James Brown version which was Harrison's favorite cover

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lol "Something" I couldn't even remember what that song is. Should be named "Something in the way she moves". That is a lovely song. I don't like any of those covers near as much as the original, but Brown's is certainly the most original. (And those pictures of him with a mustache make him look like Carl Weathers or Billy Dee Williams
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As Time Goes By from "Casablanca" Herman Hupfeld 1931


Rosemary Clooney version

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"Theme from New York, New York" (or "New York, New York") is the theme song from the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York (1977), composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb. It was written for and performed in the film by Liza Minnelli. It remains one of the best-known songs about New York City. In 2004 it finished #31 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American Cinema.

Liza Minnelli version


Frank Sinatra version

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S' Wonderful: 'S Wonderful" is a 1927 popular song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics written by Ira Gershwin. It was introduced in the Broadway musicalFunny Face (1927) by Adele Astaire and Allen Kearns.[1]

Diana Krall version, a breathy version


Karrin Allyson version. a more jazzy version

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"Speak Low" (1943) is a popularsong composed by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Ogden Nash.

Dee Dee Bridgewater jazz version


Kurt Weill version



Judy Garland version


Anne Sofie von Otter version with Svante Henryson on cello


Frankie Randall version

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Anne Sofie von Otter version with Svante Henryson on cello
Fantastic! That reminds me of two albums I have that I haven't listened to in a long time

One is Anne Sofie von Otter's Schubert Lieder. I see there are a lot of those, I think I have this one. Her vocal control is amazing. In that Speak Low she has a tiny flaw at about 4:00, but it just goes to show how hard it is what she's doing.

The other is Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins (can't remember who's on that one), I think that might actually have a couple extra weill songs tossed on the end, because Speak Low sounds very familiar.

And I never knew Ogden Nash wrote the lyrics! I love Nash! Googling, here's another rendition by Italian singer Katyna Ranieri, with a string quartet accompaniment arranged by her husband, Riz Ortolani (with interesting stuff to read as well)

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"Moonglow" "Moonglow", also known as "Moonglow and Love" is a 1933popular song. The music was by Will Hudson (1908–1981) and Irving Mills and the words were by Eddie DeLange.

Jazz sessionography

As of July 2016, in jazz alone, "Moonglow" is credited for having been recorded 572 times — which includes studio sessions, unreleased masters, live performances, and radio transcriptions ... according to The Jazz Discography, a print and digital resource for jazz recordings. The 572 count does not include re-releases, which often far outnumber the sessions.

I tried to get the A Capella version by Vox One but its not available online

So here's the McGuire Sisters version


Now the Billie Holiday version

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The song: That's All

"That's All" is a 1952 song written by Alan Brandt with music by Bob Haymes. It has been covered by many jazz and blues artists. The first recording, by Nat King Cole in 1953, achieved some popularity but was not among that year's top 20 songs. It was Bobby Darin's version in his 1959 album That's All that introduced the song to a wider audience.[1]

The song is part of the Great American Songbook, and Alec Wilder included it in his book American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900–1950, even though it was composed two years after that period. Wilder gave two reasons for making this exception: (1) “it is one of the last free-flowing, native, and natural melodies in the grand pop style”; (2) “it went through no initial hit phase but became an immediate standard”.[1]

Bobby Darin version:


Judy Garland version


Michael Buble version


And finally for all those East L.A. fans, Thee Midnighters version


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The song: How High The Moon

"How High the Moon" is a jazz standard with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton and music by Morgan Lewis. It was first featured in the 1940 Broadway revue Two for the Show, where it was sung by Alfred Drake and Frances Comstock.[1] In Two for the Show, this was a rare serious moment in an otherwise humorous revue.

Les Paul and Mary Ford January 1951 This recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1979 and is on the list of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum of the Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.[8]

Ella Fitzgerald Version:


Ella Fitzgerald with Manhattan Transfer at the Grammy's 1983


Mel Torme version

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The Song: Harlem Nocturne

"Harlem Nocturne" is a jazz standard written by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers in 1939 for the Ray Noble orchestra, of which they were members.[1] The song was chosen by the big-band leader Randy Brooks the next year as his theme song.[2]

"Harlem Nocturne" was the theme song of the television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
[4] and The New Mike Hammer.[5]

Instrumental version by Johnny Nocturne Band


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Song: Flight of the Foo Birds, by Neal Hefti and arranged by the Count Basie Orchestra circa 1950's

Count Basie version


Then there's the vocal version by the A Capella group, The Real Group. This one is really highlights the Group's individual vocals.

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Never heard of The Real Group. Hearing them, I would have sworn they were the Swingle Singers.
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Never heard of The Real Group. Hearing them, I would have sworn they were the Swingle Singers.
Here's what I found:

The Real Group is an a cappella group from Sweden. Members are Emma Nilsdotter, Lisa Östergren, Anders Edenroth, Morten Vinther Sørensen, and Jānis Strazdiņš. The group's members compose and arrange most of their songs. They sing in English and Swedish and cite American vocalist Bobby McFerrin as an inspiration.[1][2]

The Real Group was formed in 1984 when its members were students at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. All of them attended Adolf Fredrik's Music School.[4] Margareta Bengtson was the soprano in the group at its inception, but she left to work on solo albums in 2006. Johanna Nyström filled her spot for some time until Emma Nilsdotter replaced her in 2008 and had her first appearance with the group in Kremlin Palace.[5] Johanna Nyström also filled in for both Margareta Bengtson and Katarina Henryson when they were on maternity leave or otherwise away. Morten Vinther Sørensen joined the group in 2010 to replace Peder Karlsson, who shifted his focus to develop The Real Academy. In 2015 Jānis Strazdiņš joined the group as the bass after Anders Jalkéus retired due to health reasons.

On 19 January 2016 the Real Group announced that Lisa Östergren would replace Katarina Henryson.[6]
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The Song: Watch What Happens by Steve Kuhn

Watch What Happens! is an album by American jazz pianist and composer Steve Kuhn recorded in 1968 and originally released on the MPS label but rereleased in the US as In Europe; 1968 on the Prestige label in 1969.[1]
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The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden awarded the album 4 stars, stating: "Like many pianists, Steve Kuhn seems to put out one quality disc after another but doesn't ever seem to get the attention he deserves. This beautifully recorded studio date from 1968, with bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen, is a good example".[4]

Michel Legrand version with Tony Bennett singing


Then, there's the Rare Silk version, a very nice arrangement

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The Song: New York Afternoon by Richie Cole circa 1976

New York Afternoon is an album by saxophonist Richie Cole's Alto Madness recorded in 1976 and released on the Muse label. Allmusic noted "This Muse album features the group that altoist Richie Cole and the late singer Eddie Jefferson co-led in the mid-'70s. They had a mutually beneficial relationship, with Cole learning from the older vocalist and Jefferson gaining extra exposure from associating with the popular young saxophonist".

Richie Cole and Eddie Jefferson (vocal) version:


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The song: Manhattan by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

"Manhattan" is a popular song and part of the Great American Songbook. It is often known as "We'll Have Manhattan" based on the opening line. The music was written by Richard Rodgers and the words by Lorenz Hart for the 1925 revue "Garrick Gaieties"

Rod Stewart & Bette Midler version


Mickey Rooney version


Then there's the Ella Fitzgerald version, perhaps the most expressive of what its like to be in Manhattan during the summer months.

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The song: Blue Skies by Irving Berlin

"Blue Skies" (1926)

Written after his first daughter's birth, he distilled his feelings about being married and a father for the first time: "Blue days, all of them gone; nothing but blue skies, from now on."[33] The song was introduced by Belle Baker in Betsy, a Ziegfeld production.[8] It became hit recording for Ben Selvin and one of several Berlin hits in 1927, it was performed by Al Jolson in the first feature sound film, The Jazz Singer, that same year. In 1946, it returned to the top 10 on the charts with Count Basie and Benny Goodman. In 1978, Willie Nelson made the song a no. 1 country hit, 52 years after it was written.[24]

Al Jolson version


Ella Fitzgerald version


Willie Nelson version

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The Song: Girl Talk
"Girl Talk" is a popular song composed by Neal Hefti, with lyrics written by Bobby Troup. It was written for the 1965 film Harlow, a biographical film about Jean Harlow, starring Carroll Baker.

The song has been described by Michael Feinstein as the "last great male chauvinistic song written in the 60's". [1]

Julie London version


Tony Bennett version


Oscar Peterson Trio version


The Singers Unlimited version, sadly, isn't available on YouTube. But if you get a chance, its worth listening.
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The Song: Cotton Tail
"Cotton Tail" is a 1940 composition by Duke Ellington.[1] It is based on the rhythm changes from George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm". The first Ellington recording (4 May 1940)[2]
[3] is notable for the driving tenor saxophone solo by Ben Webster. Originally an instrumental, "Cotton Tail" later had lyrics written for it by Ellington. Later, more lyrics were written, based on the 1940 recording, by Jon Hendricks, and recorded by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

Slide Hampton's arrangement of "Cotton Tail" on Dee Dee Bridgewater's 1997 album Dear Ella won him the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) in 1998.

Duke & Ella version, listen to the scats singing by Ella, the imitation of the speed of the notes from instrumental to her vocal


The Lambert Hendricks Ross version. Yes the lyrics by Jon Hendrics here


The Dee Dee Bridgewater version. This version is in the CD album "Dear Ella"

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