Jazzlines

Jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith returns with a new series looking at the stories behind some of our best-loved jazz standards.

Episodes

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01All The Things You Are20061116

He looks at how All the Things You Are has far outlived the unsuccessful show that gave birth to it.

01Night And Day2005110820061005

This programme features Cole Porter's classic 'Night and Day', which began life as a show tune in the 1930s.

02A Night In Tunisia2005111520061012

He looks at the Dizzy Gillespie classic, A Night in Tunisia, which first set pulses racing in the 1940s.

02Watermelon Man20061123

He looks at Herbie Hancock's ageless standard Watermelon Man, over 40 years old and still sounding as fresh as ever.

03I Can't Get Started2006120720061208

Top jazz musicians Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock investigate how I Can't Get Started defies its dated lyrics to remain a celebrated standard to this day.

03Misty20051122

Taking centre stage is the enduring 1950s classic, 'Misty'.

04Here's That Rainy Day2006121520061214

Exquisitely sad or uplifting and positive? Tommy Smith explores the curious case of the standard that divides the jazz community!.

04Secret Love2005112920061026

A song Doris Day made famous in the film 'Calamity Jane' and which has gone on to have another life at the hands of jazz musicians around the world.

05Georgia2005120620061102

Hoagy Carmichael's 'Georgia', the haunting melody which is a favourite with jazz musicians and is now the official song for the American state.

05 LASTHere's That Rainy Day2006122120061222

Exquisitely sad or uplifting and positive? Tommy Smith explores the curious case of the standard that divides the jazz community!.

06 LASTLush Life20061109

He looks at Billy Strayhorn's evocative masterpiece Lush Life.