Steve Siegel: American Popular Song
This show focuses upon the musical developments that occurred during the first half of the 20th century which yielded a uniquely American style of music. The best body of work from this era is generally referred to as the “Great American Songbook” containing music and lyrics by writers such as the Gershwin brothers, Kern, Porter and Rogers and Hart. We will present their songs and the work of many others as sung and played by the great vocalist and jazz instrumentalists of the 20th century. Visit our facebook page here
11/8/16 American Popular Song - Andy Bey and Dave Frishberg
Within the realm of jazz and popular music if I were to ask you:
· Of all living composers of popular music, who might you nominate as the best lyricist?
And
· Of all living jazz/popular singers who might you nominate as the best male singer?
Now my personal choices might surprise you, but many music critics have agreed with me and these two talented artists have truly left their mark on jazz and popular music.Tonight’s show will exclusively feature the work of Dave Frishberg, composer, singer and jazz pianist and Andy Bey, singer - two immensely talented artists.
Playlist:
“I’m Hip” – Frishberg, “I’m Just a Lucky So and So – Bey, Dear Bix – Frishberg,
Bridges – Bey, Sweet Kentucky Ham – Frishberg, My Attorney Bernie – Frishberg, Lonely Town – Bey, Tuesday’s in China Town – Bey, Van Lingo Mungo – Frishberg, Blizzard of Lies – Frishberg, You are There – Frishberg, Some other time - Bey
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9/30/16 Show #9 - "The Great Communicators"
In tonight's show we reveal what Nanette and I did on our summer hiatus from the show and how Nanette put on 15 lbs. through being part of a spy ring. Musically we attempt to answer the question: What Defines a Great Vocal and/or Instrumental Performance?, through considering the role of the song writer, the singer, as well as the arranger. We offer some possibilities and support them with musical examples of performers who possess the skills necessary to deliver a convincing performance., Play List: SEPTEMBER OF MY YEARS/ FRANK SINATRA, ONLY THE LONELY/ FRANK SINATRA, THE NIGHT WE CALLED IT A DAY/JUNE CHRISTY, SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE/DINAH WASHINGTON, I CAN'T GET STARTED/ LESTER YOUNG, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS/ LESTER YOUNG, EAST OF THE MOON AND WEST OF THE SUN/ BILLIE HOLIDAY, MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT/ BILLIE HOLIDAY, (what did I do to be so) BLACK AND BLUE/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG, MY ROMANCE/ BEN WEBSTER, SUMMERTIME/SAM COOKE
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12/11/2015 AMERICAN POPULAR SONG - SHOW #8
Since we have a large number of listeners who enjoy instrumental jazz treatments of songs from the Great American Songbook, we offer you an entire show of artistic interpretations of such songs by artists such as John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Eric Dolphy and Bill Evans.
Play List: John Coltrane Quartet, "My Favorite Things;" Bill Evans Trio," My Foolish Heart;" Eric Dolphy, "Glad To Be Unhappy;" Ornette Coleman, "Embraceable You;" Dexter Gordon, "Don't Explain;" Lee Morgan, "Lover Man;" Clarke - Boland Golden 8, "Softly As A Morning Sunrise;" Kenny Burrell, "Last Night When We Were Young."
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11/17/2015 AMERICAN POPULAR SONG - SHOW #7
This show is part 2 of our Sinatra tribute show. We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sinatra's birth by presenting a rare live concert recording, "Sinatra live in Seattle - 1957." He shares the stage with a full orchestra as well as the arranger/conductor for his capital records' series of great recordings - Nelson Riddle. We present this hard to find, 58 minute concert recording uninterrupted. More Sinatra and less Siegel!
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11/5/15 AMERICAN POPULAR SONG - SHOW #6
December 12th is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra. This show is part one of a two part celebration of the greatest of America's popular singers. On this show we will focus upon Sinatra's peak period - his time at Capital Records where, with the help of arranger Nelson Riddle, he wrung every last drop of meaning from the Great American Song Book and in the process invented the theme album. To help us celebrate Sinatra, we will have some distinguished visitors live in the TTR studios who will reminisce about their time in Las Vegas working and partying with Sinatra.  Our guests include Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. For you Francophiles, Nanette will translate the interview questions and responses into French. You don't want to miss this show!!! note: Part two, "Sinatra Live In Seattle - 1957," will be available on TTR on November 18th. PLAY LIST: My Funny Valentine; Like Someone in Love; Just one of Those Things; Deep in a Dream; I'll Be Around; Last Night, When We Were Young; You Make Me Feel So Young; I've Got You Under My Skin; P.S., I Love You; Blame It on My Youth; Night and Day; Oh, Look at Me Now; It's a Lonesome Old Town; One for My Baby.
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10/8/2015 - AMERICAN POPULAR SONG - SHOW #5
The American Negro folk opera, "Porgy and Bess" was a landmark event in George Gershwin's composing career and was the only opera that he wrote. Songs such as "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So" have entered the Great American Songbook and live on quite apart from the folk opera for which they were written. Our show is the 2nd installment in our "Twin Spin" series. We will play songs from the 1957 Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald recording of "Porgy and Bess" followed by a jazz instrumental version of the same song. The instrumental versions will all come from the outstanding 1958 Miles Davis/Gil Evans album "Porgy and Bess." In the human interest portion of the show, our chief engineer Nanette finds a professional but bizarre use for Perrier water (other than drinking it) and learns how to correctly pronounce Louis Armstrong's first name as "Looey" and NOT Lou..ESSSE as her fellow Frenchmen would. Evidently you can take the French maid out of Her outfit, but you can't take the French accent out of the maid....Is that really an old French saying???? Play List... 1) Summertime; 2) My Man's Gone; 3) Bess,You is My Woman; 4) It Ain't Necessarily So; 5) There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York; 6) Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
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9/22/2015 - AMERICAN POPULAR SONG - SHOW #4
The theme of this program is rather unique as far as theme programs go. We will be playing 16 songs from the “Great American Song Book” which will collectively trace a romance from its beginning and, “as time goes by,” through the many stages of love, finally culminating in an end of a love affair and then possible reconciliation. We like to think of this program as a melodrama in 16 acts. Due to popular demand I will list the song titles and performers appearing on the show. I will do this for each show moving forward. Song#1: “Baby it’s Cold Outside,” Ray Charles and Betty Carter; Song #2: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Fred Astaire; Song #3: “I’ve Got the World on a String,” Louis Armstrong; Song #4: “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” Frank Sinatra; Song #5: “Our Love is Here to Stay,” Gene Kelly; Song #6: “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” Ella Fitzgerald; Song #7: “Hello Young Lovers,” Frank Sinatra; Song #8: “The Folks Who Live on the Hill,” Mel Torme; Song #9: “The Blue Room,” Chet Baker;  Song #10: “As Time Goes By,” Harry Nilsson; Song #11: “The Night We Called it a Day,” June Christy; Song #12: “Spring is Here,” Nat King Cole; Song #13: “Something Cool,” June Christy; Song #14: “Cottage for Sale,” Billy Eckstine; Song #15: “I Get Along Without You Very Well,” Billie Holiday; Song #16: “The Train,” Frank Sinatra.
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9/4/15 Show #3
Think Twice Radio's Corporate Human Resource Division makes a stunning announcement about the employment status of Nanette, the French Maid. After an exhaustive search, I finally find the magic button to mute my microphone while the music is playing. This was necessitated when the allergy induced snorting sounds I was making while the music was playing caused a sharp eared listener to call the Animal Cruelty branch of the SPCA complaining that we were illegally harboring an elephant in the TTR studio. They promptly raided the place. Finding no elephant, they then confiscated 2.3 lbs. of Richard's prized Columbian peanut brittle as future evidence - if and when the elephant does turn up. Oh yeah, by the way, we played an hour of sublime music from 3 classic "jazz with strings" albums of standards by Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown and Art Pepper.
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8/18/15 Show #2 – American Popular Song
We harken back to rock and roll radio of the 1960’s with our first “Twin Spin” show where we pair a vocal version of a song from the Great American Songbook with an instrumental jazz version based upon the harmonic structure and/or the melody of the song. We have a chance encounter with Nanette, the studio’s new French maid as she takes on the enormous task of eradicating the studio of empty gin bottles carelessly disposed of by the stars of the Burnham and Dodge Art Hour.
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7/28/15 Our inaugural Program
We start with a wide range of the great songwriters,songs, and singers who bring the "Great American Songbook" to life and in the process we define the scope of the show as well as providing the answer to the question: Who IS this guy and why should I listen to his show? Selections range from Andy Bey doing the Gershwin brothers to Ray Charles doing Arlen and Harburg. We introduce you to relative unknowns such as lyricist Fran Landesman and jazz singer Jody Sandhaus who performs Landesman's "Ballad of the Sad Young Men." We play our semi-regular game "Name that Verse" And practice mispronouncing "Vladimir Dukelsky" (Vernon Dukes real name). 
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