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"classic Late Night Sounds From Bobby Darin, Dinah Shore, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Manhattan Transfer And Lionel Hampton"20171008

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook. Released in 1964, this was the final album of Ella's celebrated Songbook series of albums that had begun in 1956 with her Cole Porter Songbook. Accompanied by arranger Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra, the Johnny Mercer album includes When A Woman Loves A Man, Something's Gotta Give, Midnight Sun and Laura. Plus the best in late night sounds from Bobby Darin, Dinah Shore, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Manhattan Transfer and Lionel Hampton.

"late Night Sounds From Harry Connick, Jr., Scott Walker, Lalo Schifrin And Mel Torme"20170924

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including Harry Connick, Jr., Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington, plus new releases from Liane Carroll and John Pizzarelli. This week's featured album is Scott Walker's 1969 release, Sings Songs From His TV series. This is an album that is often unfairly overlooked these days, as it has never been reissued since its initial release. It was also slightly unusual at the time, as it was a collection of well-known standards by other writers including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kurt Weill and Johnny Mercer, rather than featuring Scott's own compositions. But the results still show Scott at his very best in arrangements by Peter Knight and produced by his long-time collaborator Johnny Franz. Featured titles include Someone To Light Up My Life, Lost In The Stars and When The World Was Young.

"music 'til Midnight Featuring Carmen Mcrae, Linda Ronstadt, Eddie Jefferson And Mark Murphy"20171015

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album, Rah!. Released in 1961 this was singer Mark Murphy's breakthrough album. After a couple of false starts with Decca and Capitol, Mark moved to Riverside Records where he teamed up with arranger Ernie Wilkins for a collection of jazz standards that were the perfect platform for Mark's sound and style. The featured titles include On Green Dolphin Street, Doodlin' and No Tears For Me. Moira also marks the centenary of jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie's birth on the 21st of October 1917 with a selection of his compositions performed by Dizzy himself, Ella Fitzgerald and Cuban trumpet star, Arturo Sandoval.

"music 'til Midnight Featuring Stacey Kent, Jack Jones, Peggy Lee And Donny Hathaway"20171001

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album, Lost On A Distant Shore, a posthumous release from singer and songwriter, Leon Russell. Leon, who died in November 2016 had already completed his work on this collection of his compositions before his death. Just released, the featured tracks include two of his biggest hits, Hummingbird and This Masquerade as well as some of the new compositions written for the album. Plus the best in late night sounds from Stacey Kent, Peggy Lee, Jack Jones, Diana Krall, Nat 'King' Cole, Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley and Donny Hathaway.

"music 'til Midnight Featuring Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Rosemary Clooney And Anita O'day"20171022

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album Trav'lin' Light, singer Anita O'Day's 1961 tribute to her idol, Billie Holiday. Featuring the work of arranger Johnny Mandel, the tracks include Miss Brown To You, If The Moon Turns Green and Trav'lin' Light. Plus the best in late night sounds from Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Rosemary Clooney, Anita Baker with Fourplay, Joao Gilberto and Margot Bingham with Vince Gioradano and his Nighthawks.

A Beautiful Friendship20141012

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Nat 'King' Cole and Lionel Hampton plus a featured album from jazz legend Sarah Vaughan. This is her 1978 release How Long Has This Been Going On with 'Sassy' at her spontaneous best in the company of fellow jazz giants Oscar Peterson (piano), Joe Pass (guitar) and Louie Bellson (drums) on standards including Teach Me Tonight and You're Blase.

A Foggy Day20141116

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including singers Oscar Brown, Jr. and Jimmy Witherspoon, saxophonist Paul Desmond and a collaboration between pianist Herbie Hancock and Tina Turner. This week's featured recording is Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook. This 5 album set recorded in 1959 was Ella's first collaboration with arranger Nelson Riddle. The tracks featured include Things Are Looking Up, The Man I Love and Clap Yo' Hands.

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening20161023

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Claire Martin plus trumpeter Till Bronner. This week's featured album is singer Jack Jones' 1965 release, There's Love and There's Love and There's Love. This was Jack's only meeting with arranger Nelson Riddle for what has become his most critically acclaimed work. The featured tracks include Embraceable You, Tenderly and A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening.

A Song For You20140406

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Andy Bey, Boz Scaggs and Sammy Davis Jr. - great instrumental sounds too from pianist Art Tatum and saxophonist Ben Webster.

Plus this week's featured album, Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley - a jazz classic from 1961 and featuring Save Your Love For Me, Happy Talk and The Masquerade is Over.

Accentuate The Positive20141109

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Matt Monro, Dusty Springfield and Dinah Shore.

This week's featured album is New Orleans singer and pianist Dr John's 1989 collection of standards entitled In A Sentimental Mood. Featured tracks include More Than You Know, Accentuate The Positive and the Grammy winning duet performance of Makin' Whoopee with Rickie Lee Jones.

Accentuate The Positive20151011

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including singers Peggy Lee, Betty Carter and Jon Hendricks, plus instrumental classics from the duelling pianos of William 'Count' Basie and Oscar Peterson. This week's featured album is Accentuate The Positive, singer Al Jarreau's R&B infused collection of 1940's standards. Released in 2004, the songs include My Foolish Heart, Midnight Sun and Accentuate The Positive.

After The Lights Go Down Low20150329

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Ray Charles, Freda Payne, Dee Dee Bridgewater and The Singers Unlimited with instrumental sounds from tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims with pianist Oscar Peterson. This week's featured album is a classic collaboration by Frank Sinatra and arranger Nelson Riddle - Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely. Recorded immediately after his divorce from Ava Gardner in 1958, this outstanding collection of torch songs was Frank Sinatra's personal favourite out of the many albums he made in a career spanning more than 5 decades. The featured titles include Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry, Ebb Tide and It's A Lonesome Old Town.

Along About Midnight20140518

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Dakota Staton, Jack Teagarden and Singers Unlimited with classic instrumental sounds from tenor saxophone legends Stan Getz and Ben Webster.

This week's featured album is the 1957 release, Sarah Vaughan Sings Gershwin which includes Let's Call the Whole Thing Off and I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise.

Angel Eyes20160925

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Dusty Springfield, Randy Newman, Frank Sinatra and Dr John plus pianist James Booker. This week's featured album is a forgotten gem from 1976, the musical meeting of Ray Charles and Cleo Laine for Porgy and Bess, an extensive collection of George and Ira Gershwin's songs written for their opera in 1934. Masterminded by producer and impresario Norman Granz this project found both artists at the height of their considerable vocal powers as heard in a number of the Gershwins' biggest hits including Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So and I Got Plenty of Nuttin', all of these arranged and orchestrated by the album's musical director Frank de Vol.

Autumn Serenade20151018

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including singers Julie London, Crystal Gayle and Johnny Hartman, plus instrumental classics from guitarists Jon Scofield and Joe Pass. This week's featured album is Sarah Vaughan Sings The Mancini Songbook. Released in 1965 and produced by Quincy Jones, the songs include Mr Lucky, Slow Hot Wind, Dreamsville and Too Little Time.

Blue Prelude20141130

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including singers Linda Ronstadt, Barbra Streisand and Jamie Cullum with instrumental sounds from saxophonist Zoot Sims and pianist Alan Broadbent. This week's featured album is The Very Thought Of You, Nat 'King' Cole's 1958 collaboration with arranger Gordon Jenkins that includes I Found A Million Dollar Baby, This Is All I Ask and Making Believe You're Here.

Born To Be Blue20151004

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including singers Sammy Davis, Jr., Joao Gilberto and Dean Martin, plus vocal harmony groups The Four Freshmen and New York Voices. This week's featured album is Mark Murphy's 2007 release Love Is What Stays. Recorded in collaboration with trumpeter and producer Till Bronner, this is a late career classic from one of the jazz world's most renowned song stylists. Featured titles include Stolen Moments, Did I Ever Really Live and Angel Eyes.

But Beautiful20141123

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including singers Natalie Cole, Helen Merrill and Bette Midler with instrumental sounds from guitarist Charlie Byrd and pianist Oscar Peterson. This week's featured album is Georgie Fame's 1989 release Cool Cat Blues including such standards as Hoagy Carmichael's Georgia and Bob Russell's You Came A Long Way From St Louis.

But Beautiful20160417

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Blossom Dearie, Bobby Darin, Roberta Flack and Jimmy Scott plus instrumental classics from arranger Billy May and trumpeter Bobby Hackett as featured with Jackie Gleason and his Orchestra. This week's featured album also puts the spotlight on Billy May as Moira features his work for Nancy Wilson's 1967 Capitol release, Tender Loving Care. Titles include Like Someone In Love, Don't Go T o Strangers and Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You.

Can't We Be Friends?20161127

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Bobby Darin, Mel Torme, Michael Buble, Mark Murphy and Sammy Davis, Jr. This week's featured album is Anita O'Day's 1960 release, Incomparable! Backed by arranger Bill Holman's all-star big band this album found Anita in the best form of her long career showcasing her unique singing style in a collection of standards that include Avalon, Easy Living, Speak Low and The Party's Over.

Change Partners20140601

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Betty Carter, Aretha Franklin, Melody Gardot and Patti Austin.

In this, the final programme of the current series, Moira's featured album is Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim. This acclaimed 1967 release was a fusion of bossa nova with well known standards performed by two artists who were then at the height of their creative powers. Titles include I Concentrate On You, Corcovado and Change Partners.

Classic Late Night Sounds From Bobby Darin, Dinah Shore, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Manhattan Transfer And Lionel Hampton20171008

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook. Released in 1964, this was the final album of Ella's celebrated Songbook series of albums that had begun in 1956 with her Cole Porter Songbook. Accompanied by arranger Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra, the Johnny Mercer album includes When A Woman Loves A Man, Something's Gotta Give, Midnight Sun and Laura. Plus the best in late night sounds from Bobby Darin, Dinah Shore, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Manhattan Transfer and Lionel Hampton.

Come Sunday20140914

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including works by Duke Ellington performed by singers Dee Dee Bridgewater and Mark Murphy, instrumental sounds from jazz pianist Marian McPartland and 'mambo king' Tito Puente with a featured album from Tony Bennett. This is his 1975 collaboration with pianist Bill Evans and widely regarded as one of Tony's finest musical achievements. Featured titles include When In Rome and We'll Be Together Again.

Compared To What!20150322

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including singers Tony Bennett, Robert Flack and Claire Martin with instrumental sounds from guitarist George Benson and pianist Les McCann. This week's featured album is Peggy Lee's 1964 Capitol release In Love Again which includes The Moment Of Truth, I Got Lost In His Arms and I've Got Your Number.

Dancing In The Dark20160306

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years returns to Sunday Nights on BBC Radio 2. The series opener includes singers Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin and Georgie Fame, plus the instrumental genius of pianist Dick Hyman heard both in a duo setting with bassist Niels Henning Orsted Pederson and in a rare piece of space age pop with singer Mary Mayo. This week's featured album is Still Unforgettable, singer Natalie Cole's Grammy winning collection of standards from 2008 including such well loved standards as Here's That Rainy Day, You Go To My Head and a duet version of Walkin' My Baby Back Home featuring her voice alongside that of her father, Nat 'King' Cole.

East Of The Sun20161002

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Dean Martin, Keely Smith, Scott Walker and Mel Torme plus guitarists Wes Montgomery and Louis Stewart. This week's featured album is Sarah + 2, one of singer Sarah Vaughan's most intimate recordings of her long career. Recorded in 1962, this featured just Sarah's voice accompanied by bassist Joe Comfort and guitarist Barney Kessel. Since the album's release it has been universally hailed as the perfect vehicle for Sassy's expressive style which was shown at its best in a collection of well known standards including When Sunny Gets Blue, All I Do Is Dream Of You and Just In Time.

For All We Know20150405

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Vic Damone, Anita O'Day, Donny Hathaway and Matt Monro with instrumental sounds from trumpeter Clark Terry and arranger Quincy Jones. This week's featured album has been chosen to mark the centenary of singer Billie Holiday's birth on the 7th of April 1915. Recorded for MGM Records in March 1959, just 4 months before her premature death aged only 44, Lady Day's final sessions with arranger Ray Ellis were released later that year and simply entitled 'Last Recording'. Although physically frail, her spirit remained strong, something that is immediately obvious when listening to this collection of standards which include Deed I Do, There'll Be Some Changes Made and Just One More Chance.

Get Out Of Town20150426

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Aretha Franklin, Astrud Gilberto, Gregory Porter and Eddie Jefferson plus instrumental classics from saxophonist Paul Desmond and Henry Mancini. This week's featured album is The Real Ambassadors. Written by the husband and wife team of Dave and Iola Brubeck, this was the soundtrack for a musical developed in the late 1950's and based on the experiences of jazz musicians who had visited far flung parts of the world at the behest of the US State Department. Now regarded as a classic the featured performers include Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae and vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

Good Reviews20140309

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Moira Stuart launches her new Sunday night show with classic sounds from Bert Kaempfert, Patti Austin, Henry Mancini and Oscar Brown Jr. along with memorable musical partnerships from George Shearing with Nancy Wilson and Carmen McRae with Dave Brubeck. Each week a classic album is showcased, beginning with Scott Walker's 1970 release 'Til the Band Comes In, a mixture of his own compositions and standards.

Happy Trails20160313

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Oscar Brown, Jr., Vic Damone, Ray Charles and Matt Dusk plus recent releases from Stacey Kent and Jamison Ross. This week's featured album is Seaside, the latest offering from acclaimed British singer Liane Carroll. The album's theme is distinctly coastal in its outlook and includes a diverse selection of songs ranging from Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee's Bring Me Sunshine, known to millions as the Morecambe and Wise theme and William Whiting's Victorian hymn For Those In Peril On The Sea, right through to the album's brand new title track, written for Liane by fellow singer Joe Stilgoe.

Here Comes The Sun20150510

Music 'til Midnight - Moira showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. These include Diane Schuur, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Adams, plus instrumental classics from pianist Ralph Sharon and guitarist Kenny Burrell. This week's featured album is Nina Simone's Here Comes The Sun. This widely acclaimed release from 1971 found Nina crossing over to the pop world as she expanded her musical horizons. The songs featured include Bob Dylan's Just Like A Woman, Chip Taylor's Angel Of The Morning and the album's title track, George Harrison's Here Comes The Sun.

House Of Gold20170326

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart returns to Sunday nights on Radio 2 with a new series showcasing the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including singers Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Karen Carpenter and Norah Jones. This week's featured album is The Kenny Rankin Album. Released in 1976, this found Kenny Rankin, who up until this point in his career had concentrated exclusively on recording his own compositions, taking a new route and exploring The Great American Songbook in the company of arranger Don Costa. The songs on the album included Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen's Here's That Rainy Day, Billy Preston's You Are So Beautiful and Hank Williams' House Of Gold.

I Didn't Know What Time It Was20161113

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Lou Rawls, Ray Charles, Carmen McRae, Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle plus instrumental classics from pianist Oscar Peterson and vibraphonist Cal Tjader. This week's featured album is a classic of Brazilian music, singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto's 1977 release Amoroso. Backed by the arrangements of Claus Ogerman, the featured titles include Wave, Tin Tin Por Tin Tin and Besame Mucho.

I Feel A Song Coming On20160918

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Bobby Darin, Chris Connor, Monica Mancini and Cassandra Wilson. This week's featured album is Getz / Gilberto, the 1964 meeting of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz with Brazilian guitarist and Singer Joao Gilberto. Not only would Getz / Gilberto become one of the best selling jazz albums of all time, this was the work that became bossa nova's finest moment with a collection of songs that include Antonio Carlos Jobim's Corcovado (Quiet Nights), Desfinado and The Girl From Ipanema - both of which introduced the voice of Joao's then wife Astrud Gilberto to millions of music lovers.

I Love Being Here With You20150524

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including singers Queen Latifah, Curtis Stigers and Joe Williams, plus instrumental classics from pianist Hank Jones and his drummer brother, Elvin Jones. Moira's featured album this week is singer Cassandra Wilson's 2008 release Loverly. This features a collection of sympathetically updated classics including Lover Come Back To Me, The Very Thought Of You and St. James Infirmary.

I Wished On The Moon20160410

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Ernestine Anderson, Scott Walker, Diana Krall and Georgie Fame plus a touch of instrumental genius from guitarist Wes Montgomery and film composer Lalo Schifrin. This week's featured album is Moonlight Sinatra, Frank Sinatra's 1966 collection of lunar themed standards recorded in collaboration with arranger Nelson Riddle. Featured titles include I Wished On The Moon, Moonlight Serenade and Oh You Crazy Moon.

If The Stars Were Mine20160522

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Dianne Reeves, Melody Gardot, Jimmy Witherspoon and Matt Monro plus a memorable meeting between pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton. This week's featured album is What's New, singer Linda Ronstadt's first meeting in 1983 with arranger Nelson Riddle for a memorable collection of standards including Crazy He Calls Me, Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry and I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You.

In The Evenin'20151122

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including singers Seth McFarlane, Dinah Washington and Julie London, plus the instrumental sounds of guitarists Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel as well as pianist George Shearing with Robert Farnon and his Orchestra. This week's featured album is 1619 Broadway, singer Kurt Elling's 2012 project devoted to the songwriters who occupied New York's famous Brill Building in the 1950's and 60's. Featured songs include Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's I'm Satisfied and Kent Harris' Shoppin' For Clothes. Plus a look back at the work of legendary jazz singer Mark Murphy who died on the 22nd of October.

In The Evening - When The Sun Goes Down20140330

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including this week's featured album, All Over the Place, a 1960 collaboration between vocal harmony group the Hi-Lo's and arranger Marty Paich. More great vocals from Etta James, Lou Rawls, Stacey Kent and Tony Bennett plus great instrumentals from jazz guitar virtuoso Wes Montgomery and Hammond organ king, Jimmy Smith.

It's Alright With Me20151108

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including singers Michael Feinstein, Jamie Cullum and Carmen McRae, plus a touch of instrumental genius from the all-star pairing of saxophonist Zoot Sims with pianist Oscar Peterson. This week's featured album is Film Noir, singer Carly Simon's collection of standards released in 1997. Produced by songwriter Jimmy Webb the tracks include Don't Smoke In Bed, Laura, Last Night When When We Were Young and Somewhere In The Night.

Just Remember20150412

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Dinah Washington, Kurt Elling, Elis Regina and Monica Mancini. This week's featured album is Sarah Vaughan's 1982 Pablo release entitled Crazy and Mixed Up featuring songs by Rodgers and Hart and Ivan Lins.

Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now20160515

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Dinah Washington, Nat 'King' Cole, Patti Austin and Sarah Vaughan plus pianist Les McCann's trio and tenor saxophonist Lester Young with Oscar Peterson. This week's featured album is Big Boss Band, George Benson's 1990 collaboration with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of saxophonist and arranger Frank Foster. The featured titles include Without A Song, On Green Dolphin Street and Walkin' My Baby Back Home.

Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now20161009

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Sammy Davis Jr, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Jane Monheit and Johnny Hartman plus tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. This week's featured album is a tribute to the musical genius of harmonica legend Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, or Toots as he was known to countless generations of music lovers, who died aged 94 on the 22nd of August. In 2006 Toots recorded One More For The Road, a collection of classic songs composed by Harold Arlen. These include That Old Black Magic, I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues and I Wonder What Became Of Me featuring guest vocalists Beth Hart and Trijntje Oosterhuis.

Late Night Groove Featuring Joe Williams, Sammy Davis Jr, Nancy Wilson And Ray Charles20170917

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

Moira Stuart returns to Sunday nights on Radio 2 with the first in a new series of Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. This week's cast list includes Sammy Davis, Jr., Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles and The Count Basie Orchestra, plus new releases from Randy Newman and Lizz Wright. Moira's featured album is Me & The Blues, an acclaimed collection of blues standards by Joe Williams, the singer who shot to fame in the 1950's with Count Basie. Recorded in 1964 with arranger Jimmy Jones, tonight's featured titles include Kansas City, I'm Sticking With You Baby and Come On Blues.

Late Night Sounds From Harry Connick, Jr., Scott Walker, Lalo Schifrin And Mel Torme20170924

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including Harry Connick, Jr., Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington, plus new releases from Liane Carroll and John Pizzarelli. This week's featured album is Scott Walker's 1969 release, Sings Songs From His TV series. This is an album that is often unfairly overlooked these days, as it has never been reissued since its initial release. It was also slightly unusual at the time, as it was a collection of well-known standards by other writers including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kurt Weill and Johnny Mercer, rather than featuring Scott's own compositions. But the results still show Scott at his very best in arrangements by Peter Knight and produced by his long-time collaborator Johnny Franz. Featured titles include Someone To Light Up My Life, Lost In The Stars and When The World Was Young.

Late Night Sounds From Harry Connick, Jr., Scott Walker, Lalo Schifrin And Mel Torme20170924

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including Harry Connick, Jr., Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington, plus new releases from Liane Carroll and John Pizzarelli. This week's featured album is Scott Walker's 1969 release, Sings Songs From His TV series. This is an album that is often unfairly overlooked these days, as it has never been reissued since its initial release. It was also slightly unusual at the time, as it was a collection of well-known standards by other writers including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kurt Weill and Johnny Mercer, rather than featuring Scott's own compositions. But the results still show Scott at his very best in arrangements by Peter Knight and produced by his long-time collaborator Johnny Franz. Featured titles include Someone To Light Up My Life, Lost In The Stars and When The World Was Young.

Laugh And Be Happy20161204

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Randy Newman, Gregory Porter, Patti Austin, The Hi-Lo's and King Pleasure. For this, the final programme in the current series, Moira's featured album is Frank Sinatra's first meeting with the Count Basie Orchestra and released this week in 1962. Dubbed 'An Historic Musical First', this was the beginning of a successful partnership that would produce a number of successful albums including Sinatra At The Sands. Neal Hefti, the writer whose work had brought the Basie band into a new age a few years previously, was the arranger for this album. The featured titles include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Learnin' The Blues, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter and Pennies From Heaven.

Let's Face The Music20140323

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. This week the featured singers include Doris Day, Elis Regina and Dee Dee Bridgewater. The instrumentals include the technicolour sounds conjured up by arranger Juan Garcia Esquivel, contrasted with the solo piano of Monty Alexander and the lively bossa nova of guitarist Charlie Byrd and tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, a great jazz partnership. This week's featured classic album is Nat 'King' Cole's 1961 Capitol recording Let's Face the Music - a memorable showcase for Nat's voice framed by arranger Billy May's inspired scores.

Let's Fly Away20160403

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Jeri Southern, Nancy Wilson, Lea De Laria and Ian Shaw. There's an Armstrong connection with the product of Satchmo's famous meeting with Duke Ellington and compositions by his wife Lil Hardin Armstrong including Just For A Thrill and Struttin' with Some Barbecue. Tonight's featured album is the product of another memorable musical meeting, this time between singer Mel Torme and arranger Billy May for their 1959 recording Ole Torme. Titles include South Of The Border, Frenesi and Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga.

Lullaby Of Birdland20161030

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Diane Reeves, Maria Muldaur, Mose Allison and Joe Williams plus instrumental classics from pianist George Shearing and trumpeter Clark Terry. This week's featured album is Nat 'King' Cole's 1957 release, After Midnight. After a decade of mainstream success, this album found Nat making a much welcomed return to his jazz roots. Not only was he playing piano and singing with his trio once again but he was also joined by a number of jazz greats including trombonist Juan Tizol, alto saxophonist Willie Smith and trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison. The featured tracks include Sweet Lorraine, Blame It On My Youth and Get Your Kicks On Route 66.

Me, Myself And I20141005

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including classic vocal performances from Doris Day, Mel Torme, Bing Crosby and Julie London.

Tonight's featured album is Vic Damone's 1964 Capitol release - On The Street Where You Live - including I Could Write a Book, I Am in Love and Lost in the Stars.

Plus a tribute to pianist Joe Sample featuring Joe as a solo artist and with singer Randy Crawford.

Midnight Sun20140525

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Coleman Hawkins, Anita O'Day, Lou Rawls and Jack Jones.

The music of Burt Bacharach is the subject of this week's featured album, singer Trijntje Oosterhuis' acclaimed 2006 recording, The Look of Love.

Moonglow20150419

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Mark Murphy, Lou Rawls, Harry Connick, Jr. and Andy Bey plus instrumental classics from pianist Horace Silver and organist Jimmy Smith. This week's featured album is Nat 'King' Cole Sings, George Shearing Plays. Recorded in 1962, this found both of these great artists at the height of their powers in a collection of well known standards including I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good), Lost April and Let There Be Love.

Moonglow20170528

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

Moonlight Serenade20151115

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including singers Van Morrison, Allen Toussaint and Helen Humes, plus the instrumental sounds of harmonica legend Toots Thielemans and saxophonist Ben Webster. This week's featured album is singer Joe Williams acclaimed collaboration with the big band co-led by arranger Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis. Released in 1966, Presenting Joe Williams - Thad Jones, Mel Lewis - The Jazz Orchestra, is today regarded as one of Joe Williams finest recordings eclipsing even his celebrated recordings with Count Basie. The tracks range from Duke Ellington's It Don't Mean A Thing, through blues favourites such as Night Time Is The Right Time, to Dozier and Holland's soul classic How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You.

Motions And Emotions20140907

Moira Stuart returns to Sunday nights with Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years.

This week the music includes singers Dianne Reeves, Lurlean Hunter, Salena Jones and Diana Ross. The featured album is Oscar Peterson's 1969 release Motions and Emotions - a collaboration with arranger Claus Ogerman with reinventions of hits including By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Dreamsville and Eleanor Rigby.

Music 'til Midnight Featuring Carmen Mcrae, Linda Ronstadt, Eddie Jefferson And Mark Murphy20171015

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album, Rah!. Released in 1961 this was singer Mark Murphy's breakthrough album. After a couple of false starts with Decca and Capitol, Mark moved to Riverside Records where he teamed up with arranger Ernie Wilkins for a collection of jazz standards that were the perfect platform for Mark's sound and style. The featured titles include On Green Dolphin Street, Doodlin' and No Tears For Me. Moira also marks the centenary of jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie's birth on the 21st of October 1917 with a selection of his compositions performed by Dizzy himself, Ella Fitzgerald and Cuban trumpet star, Arturo Sandoval.

Music 'til Midnight Featuring Matt Monro, Henry Mancini, Tony Bennett And Gregory Porter20171105

The best in late night sounds and timeless standards from the past 60 years.

The best in late night sounds including tonight's featured album, Nat 'King' Cole and Me, the latest release from Gregory Porter, a tribute to his biggest musical influence. Gregory first became aware of Nat 'King' Cole as a child growing up in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Today his love of Nat's voice and style remains as strong as it ever was, something that shines through in every song included on his new album. Recorded in London with a 70-piece orchestra under the direction of arranger Vince Mendoza, tonight's tracks include But Beautiful, Pick Yourself Up and Nature Boy. Plus highlights from the Jerome Kern songbook performed by Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Harry Connick, Jr. and George Shearing.

Music 'til Midnight Featuring Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Blossom Dearie And Laura Mvula20171126

The best in late night sounds and timeless standards from the past 60 years.

The best in late night sounds including tonight's featured album, Just One of Those Things, Nat 'King' Cole's first collaboration with arranger Billy May. Released in November 1957, the featured titles include When Your Lover Has Gone, These Foolish Things and Once In A While. Plus highlights from the many Broadway successes of that celebrated song writing team of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolphe Green. These include New York, New York, Lonely Town and Lucky To Be Me performed by Mel Torme, Blossom Dearie and Tony Bennett with pianist Bill Evans.

Music 'til Midnight Featuring Nancy Wilson, Eydie Gorme, Marion Montgomery And Dudley Moore20171112

The best in late night sounds and timeless standards from the past 60 years.

The best in late night sounds including tonight's featured album, The Damone Type of Thing. Released exactly 50 years ago this month, the album found Vic at his very best with a mixture of songs old and new. Arranged by Perry Botkin, Jr. the featured tracks include Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne's Time After Time, Rodgers and Hart's It Never Entered My Mind and Make Me Rainbows, composed for Dick Van Dyke's 1967 film, Fitzwilly, by John Williams and Alan Bergman. Plus the best in late night sounds from Nancy Wilson guesting with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of John Williams, a Grammy winning performance from Eydie Gorme, and Dudley Moore's music from the soundtrack of the comedy, Bedazzled.

Music 'til Midnight Featuring Shirley Horn, Nat 'king' Cole And A 90th Birthday Salute To Dame Cleo Laine20171029

The best in late night sounds and timeless standards from the past 60 years.

The best in late night sounds and timeless songs including tonight's featured album, Blue and Sentimental, Cleo Laine's critically acclaimed collection of standards released in 1994. Taking its title from the early Count Basie hit, the featured tracks include British saxophonist Duncan Lamont's composition Not You Again with a guest appearance from pianist George Shearing. Also featured are Bessie Smith's Soft Pedal Blues and Kansas City Joe McCoy's, Love Me If It Takes You All Night Long. Plus some of the biggest hits from the Benny Goodman songbook. These include Why Don't You Do Right, Don't Be That Way and Stomping At The Savoy performed by Louis Armstrong, Shirley Horn, Johnny Dankworth and Diana Krall.

Music 'til Midnight Featuring Stacey Kent, Jack Jones, Peggy Lee And Donny Hathaway20171001

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album, Lost On A Distant Shore, a posthumous release from singer and songwriter, Leon Russell. Leon, who died in November 2016 had already completed his work on this collection of his compositions before his death. Just released, the featured tracks include two of his biggest hits, Hummingbird and This Masquerade as well as some of the new compositions written for the album. Plus the best in late night sounds from Stacey Kent, Peggy Lee, Jack Jones, Diana Krall, Nat 'King' Cole, Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley and Donny Hathaway.

Music 'til Midnight Featuring Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Rosemary Clooney And Anita O'day20171022

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album, Trav'lin' Light, singer Anita O'Day's 1961 tribute to her idol, Billie Holiday. Featuring the work of arranger Johnny Mandel, the tracks include Miss Brown To You, If The Moon Turns Green and Trav'Lin' Light. Plus the best in late night sounds from Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Rosemary Clooney, Anita Baker with Fourplay, Joao Gilberto and Margot Bingham with Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album, Trav'lin' Light, singer Anita O'Day's 1961 tribute to her idol, Billie Holiday. Featuring the work of arranger Johnny Mandel, the tracks include Miss Brown To You, If The Moon Turns Green and Trav'Lin' Light. Plus the best in late night sounds from Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Rosemary Clooney, Anita Baker with Fourplay, Joao Gilberto and Margot Bingham with Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks.

The best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards including tonight's featured album Trav'lin' Light, singer Anita O'Day's 1961 tribute to her idol, Billie Holiday. Featuring the work of arranger Johnny Mandel, the tracks include Miss Brown To You, If The Moon Turns Green and Trav'lin' Light. Plus the best in late night sounds from Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Rosemary Clooney, Anita Baker with Fourplay, Joao Gilberto and Margot Bingham with Vince Gioradano and his Nighthawks.

Music To Wind Down Your Weekend From Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Hartman And Peggy Lee20171119

The best in late night sounds and timeless standards from the past 60 years.

Including tonight's featured album, The Grand Encounter. Released in 1996, this was singer Dianne Reeves' breakthrough release. A collection of great standards, tonight's featured tracks include Nat Adderley's Old Country, Bart Howard's Let Me Love You, Ray Noble's Cherokee and that old favourite Tenderly, performed by Dianne as a duet with jazz legend Joe Williams. Plus the best in late night sounds from Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee and Johnny Hartman.

My Shining Hour20141019

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including The Four Freshmen, Harry Connick Jr., Joe Williams and Monica Mancini.

This week's featured album is Carmen McRae's 1968 acclaimed release - Portrait of Carmen - and features her original take on standards including Richard Rodgers' Loads Of Love as well as Sammy Cahn and Axel Stordahl's Day By Day.

Nice Work If You Can Get It20151025

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including singers Dakota Staton, Mel Torme and Jose James, plus instrumental classics from guitarist Wes Montgomery and Nelson Riddle. This week's featured album is Little Girl Blue, singer and pianist Nina Simone's debut recording for Bethlehem Records in 1957. Nowadays regarded as a classic, the songs include I Loves You Porgy, Mood Indigo and My Baby Just Cares For Me.

Nightmoves20140413

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including Jimmy Durante, Rosemary Clooney, The Manhattan Transfer and Kurt Elling.

This week's featured album is singer Peggy Lee and pianist George Shearing's 1959 release Beauty and the Beat! which includes their intimate treatments of Do I Love You, Get Out of Town and You Came a Long Way from St. Louis.

On The Sunny Side Of The Street20170416

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including Barbra Streisand, Liane Carroll, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and Jack Teagarden. This week's featured album is I Remember Tommy. This was Frank Sinatra's 1961 homage to his musical mentor, bandleader and trombonist Tommy Dorsey. Frank became a star during his time with Tommy Dorsey between 1939 and 1942 before leaving to pursue his solo career. On this album he was reunited with former his former Dorsey colleague, the arranger Sy Oliver for a collection of Tommy Dorsey favourites that included Without A Song, Polka Dots and Moonbeams and The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else plus Tommy's theme song, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.

One Morning In May20170521
Pick Yourself Up20140420

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including Vic Damone, Frank Sinatra, Mario Biondi and Dianne Reeves.

The instrumental classics come from pianists Dave Brubeck and Erroll Garner and this week's featured album is Nina Simone's 1965 release, I Put a Spell on You.

Pure Imagination20160501

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers James Taylor, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald plus jazz vocal ensemble pioneers Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and instrumental delights from alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn. This week's featured album is Songs I Heard, Harry Connick, Jr.'s 2001 collection of celebrated film themes. These include Over The Rainbow from The Wizard Of Oz, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory's The Candyman and Stay Awake from Mary Poppins.

Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars20140928

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including Barbara Streisand, Andy Williams, Diana Krall and The Manhattan Transfer, instrumental sounds from Argentine stars Gato Barbieri and Lalo Schifrin plus compositions by Horace Silver.

This week's featured album is Elis and Tom, the 1974 collaboration between singer Elis Regina and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim. Featured tracks include Waters of March, Triste and Fotografia.

Romance In The Dark20140504

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Barbra Streisand, Julie London, Al Jarreau and Nelson Riddle.

This week's featured album is Mel Torme's 1960 release Swings Shubert Alley which includes arranger Marty Paich's settings of Too Close for Comfort, On the Street Where You Live and Too Close for Comfort.

Sail Away20150531

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. The final programme in the current series includes singers Lena Horne, Oscar Brown, Jr., and Dianne Reeves plus instrumental classics from guitarist Gabor Szabo and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. Moira's featured album this week is singer / songwriter Randy Newman's acclaimed recording Sail Away. This 1972 release features Lonely At The Top, Dayton Ohio 1903 and Burn On.

September Of My Years20150927

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including singers Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney and The Hi-Lo's, plus instrumental classics from alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and trumpeter Till Bronner. This week's featured album is September Of My Years. Released exactly 50 years ago in September 1965 this was Frank Sinatra's 50th Birthday present to himself. Recorded in collaboration with arranger Gordon Jenkins the collection of songs found Ol' Blue Eyes taking stock of his life as he reached his half century. The featured songs include Sunny Skylar's Don't Wait Too Long, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's The September Of My Years and Ervin Drake's classic It Was A Very Good Year.

So Many Stars20140316

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. This week the featured singers include Mark Murphy, Roberta Gambarini and Natalie Cole. The instrumental sounds come from Dave Grusin and trumpeter Clark Terry with collaborations from arranger Nelson Riddle and pianist Oscar Peterson along with producer Quincy Jones and singer Shirley Horn. This week's featured album is Frank Sinatra's 1967 release, The World We Knew, featuring Johnny Mercer's Drinking Again and Frank's hit duet with his daughter Nancy, Somethin' Stupid.

Sometimes I'm Happy20140427

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including Gregory Porter, Georgie Fame, Blossom Dearie and Perry Como.

There are classic instrumentals from Horace Silver and Quincy Jones plus a double Grammy winning featured album from Joni Mitchell. Both Sides Now was released in 2000 and features a contemporary take on standards including Don't Worry About Me, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone and Sometimes I'm Happy.

Spring Is Here20170319

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart returns to Sunday nights on Radio 2 with a new series showcasing the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including singers Michael Buble, Steve Tyrell, Sarah Vaughan and Vanessa Da Mata. Plus a trio of legendary saxophonists - Zoot Sims, Ben Webster and Paul Desmond. Tonight's featured album is Sammy Davis, Jr.'s acclaimed 1957 recording, It's All Over But The Swingin'. Planted firmly in his friend Frank Sinatra's musical territory, this album found Sammy in excellent vocal form with arranger Morty Stephens on a collection of standards that included Spring Is Here, But Not For Me and Can't Help Lovin' Dat Gal.

S'wonderful20150517

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Diana Krall, Kay Starr and Jamie Cullum, plus instrumental classics from saxophonist Lester Young and pianist Bill Evans. This week's featured album is Tony Bennett's 1986 release The Art Of Excellence. This collection of well known standards is widely regarded as the beginning of Tony Bennett's 'comeback' as well as his reunion with his original record label Columbia and pianist Ralph Sharon after a 14 year gap. Featured songs include City Of The Angels, A Rainy Day and The Day You Leave Me.

Teach Me Tonight20160320

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Shirley Bassey, Nat 'King' Cole, Keely Smith and Gregory Porter plus instrumental magic from tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and the duelling guitars of the father and son pairing of Bucky and John Pizzarelli on their album Family Fugue. Tonight's featured album is It's Magic, singer Steve Tyrell's 2013 salute to the work of songwriter and lyricist Sammy Cahn. Sammy is best remembered these days for his many successful creations written for Frank Sinatra. A number of these are featured including Call Me Irresponsible, Teach Me Tonight and Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry.

That's Just The Way I Want To Be20150308

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart returns to Sunday nights with the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. These include singers Julie London, Arthur Prysock and Boz Scaggs with touches of instrumental genius from trumpeter Bobby Hackett and vibraphonist Cal Tjader. This week's featured album is That's Just The Way I Want To Be, a neglected rarity from 1970 recorded in London by pianist and singer Blossom Dearie. The album includes her own compositions Hey John, I Like London In The Rain and Hey Daddy Green.

The Best In Late Night Sounds Featuring Buddy Greco, Andy Williams, Randy Crawford And Nina Simone20171203

Music 'til Midnight - the best in late night sounds and timeless standards.

Music 'til Midnight - the best in late night sounds including tonight's featured album, The Amazing Nina Simone. Released in 1959, this was Nina's first album to move beyond the confines of jazz into other areas such as gospel and blues. The featured titles include Blue Prelude, Children Go Where I Send You and Chilly Winds Don't Blow. Plus more from the Nina Simone songbook performed by other artists. These include Polly Gibbons' newly recorded version of Wild Is The Wind, Natalie Cole's swinging take on My Baby Just Cares For Me and the classic, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, performed by its composer, pianist Billy Taylor.

The Best Is Yet To Come20151101

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years - including singers Tony Bennett, Brian Setzer and Ernie Andrews, plus the sounds of two legendary saxophonists, Charlie Parker and Stan Getz. This week's featured album is The Genius Of Ray Charles. Released in 1959 after a decade learning his craft on the road this album fulfilled Ray's great ambition of reaching a mainstream audience. Backed by big band and orchestra he moved beyond his R&B roots with a fresh look at standards including Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying, Come Rain Or Come Shine and Let The Good Times Roll.

The Best Is Yet To Come20170611

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. For this, the final programme of the current series the music comes from June Christy, Carmen McRae, Louis Armstrong, Dr. John and Cassandra Wilson. This week's featured album is Tony Bennett's career defining 1962 recording, I Left My Heart In San Francisco. This was the album where Tony shook off his image as a 1950s balladeer as he sought out a new musical direction with producer Ernest Altschuler and his pianist / musical director, Ralph Sharon. As well as the album's title track, a hitherto obscure song discovered by Ralph Sharon, Tony also took the opportunity to put songs like Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's The Best Is Yet To Come and The Rules Of The Road firmly on the musical map.

The Good Things In Life20160911

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years returns to Sunday Nights on BBC Radio 2. The series opens with music from Diana Krall, Billie Holiday, Nat 'King' Cole and Dee Dee Bridgewater plus instrumental gold from vibes man Lionel Hampton's all-star band and trumpeter Charlie Shavers with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra. Moira also pays a belated 90th Birthday tribute to singer Tony Bennett who was born on 03 August 1926 with this week's featured album. Recorded in London and released in 1972, The Best Things In Life is one of Tony's most highly regarded recordings of his long and successful career. Accompanied by his trio consisting of pianist John Bunch, bassist Arthur Watts and drummer Kenny Clare, the album also features the glorious sound of arranger Robert Farnon and his Orchestra who are heard on songs including London By Night, Midnight Sun and The Best Things In Life.

The Late, Late Show20170507
The Sweetest Sounds20170514
They Say It's Wonderful20140511

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Della Reese, June Christy, The Four Freshmen and Carly Simon.

This week's featured album is Ella and Louis, the 1956 collaboration between jazz giants Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong that includes Can't We Be Friends? and Stars Fell on Alabama.

This One's From The Heart20140921

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. This week's featured album is singer songwriter Tom Waits' collection of compositions written for the soundtrack of the 1982 Francis Ford Coppola film - One From The Heart. The album also features singer Crystal Gayle and the songs include Little Boy Blue and Is There Any Way Out Of This Dream?

There is also a Stan Kenton connection with a number of the other artists - these include drummer Shelley Manne, trombonist Frank Rosolino and singers June Christy and Anita O'Day.

Tonight I Shall Sleep With A Smile On My Face20160529

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Carmen McRae, Madeline Bell, Nancy Wilson and The Four Freshmen with instrumental sounds from violinist Regina Carter and pianist Monty Alexander. This week's featured album is Georgie Fame's latest release. Entitled Swan Songs, this is Georgie's farewell to his long career in music. Featuring his long-time collaborators The Blue Flames the album features a number of Georgie's own compositions that look back on his career including The Diary Blues and Lovin' Brought Me Into This World, as well as paying tribute to a number of the people that have influenced his music. These include arranger Steve Gray (Gray's March) and Mose Allison who is celebrated in Mose Knows.

Too Close For Comfort20170423

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including Gregory Porter, Patti Austin, Mel Torme, Bobby Darin and Toni Harper. This week as the music world marks the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald's birth on 25 April 1917, Moira's featured album is Ella and Basie! This 1963 release was the first time Ella and Count Basie collaborated on an entire album. Quincy Jones was on hand to provide the musical settings for what would turn out to be the first of many musical meetings between Ella and Bill Basie over the next 20 years. The featured tracks include I'm Beginning To See The Light, My Last Affair, Satin Doll and 'Deed I Do.

Too Marvellous For Words20150906

Moira Stuart returns to Sunday nights with Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Michael Buble, Nancy Wilson and Liane Carroll plus a touch of instrumental genius from jazz organist Jimmy Smith with arranger Oliver Nelson's big band. The featured album is Astrud Gilberto's 1969 release I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do. This critically acclaimed collection of what were then contemporary standards, includes Harry Nilsson's Without Him alongside Burt Bacharach and Hal David's Trains and Boats and Planes.

Under Paris Skies20160327

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Andy Williams, Etta James, Astrud Gilberto and Peggy Lee plus a look at the work of arrangers Don Costa and Billy Byers during Mercury Records golden period of the early 1960's under the guiding hand of the label's then head of A&R, Quincy Jones. Tonight's featured album is Dinah Washington's 1962 release Drinking Again and includes such standards as Say It Isn't So, Drinking Again and The Man That Got Away.

Violets For Your Furs20141102

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Nancy Wilson, Mark Murphy, Bobby Darin and Marty Paich.

This week's featured album is jazz legend Billie Holiday's 1956 Verve Release Lady Sings The Blues. Featuring the best of her later sessions the album includes Say It Isn't So, Everything Happens To Me and an updated version of the song that in many ways defined her career, Abel Meeropol's composition Strange Fruit.

Walkin' My Baby Back Home20161016

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Julie London, Dakota Staton and Seth MacFarlane plus instrumental classics from tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and organist Richard 'Groove' Holmes. This week's featured album is singer and pianist Eliane Elias' most recent release. Entitled Made In Brazil, this was released in 2015 and was the winner of the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz album at this year's awards ceremony. This album is also the first that Eliane has made in her native Brazil since moving to the US over 30 years ago. Featuring some of the best known Brazilian classics of the past 60 years, these include Ary Barroso's Brazil, Roberto Menescal's Rio and Antonio Carlos Jobim's Waters Of March which also features a guest appearance by the vocal group Take 6.

Watch What Happens20161106

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Astrud Gilberto and Sarah Vaughan plus alto saxophone legends Bud Shank and Paul Desmond. This week's featured album is Barbra Streisand's acclaimed 2009 recording, Love Is The Answer. This album was a notable collaboration between Barbra, her producer and pianist Diana Krall and arranger Johnny Mandel. The album also features a collection of well-known standards that Barbra had never recorded during her long career. These include Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Gentle Rain, Some Other Time and Here's That Rainy Day.

What A Little Moonlight Can Do20170409

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including Louis Armstrong, The Four Freshmen, Dee Daniels, Anita O'Day and Frank Sinatra. This week's featured album is singer Carmen McRae's acclaimed 1961 tribute to her idol Billie Holiday who had died 2 years previously. Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man includes many of Billie Holiday's signature songs including Miss Brown To You, What A Little Moonlight Can Do and Yesterdays.

When Lights Are Low20160508

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Mel Torme, Lou Rawls, Mose Allison and Blossom Dearie plus instrumental delights from Hammond organ legend Jimmy Smith and Argentinian tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri who died on 02 April. This week's featured album is Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! a 1962 small group outing for singer Ella Fitzgerald at the peak of her career. Featured titles include Jersey Bounce, You're My Thrill and Good Morning Heartache.

Where Do You Start20141026

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, Lou Rawls and Dean Martin.

The featured album is Frank Sinatra and arranger Billy May's 1961 recording - Swing Along With Me - Frank's first release on his then newly formed Reprise label. Including Granada, Don't Cry Joe and Moonlight on the Ganges.

Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams20160424

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Jack Jones, Julie London, Dean Martin and Elis Regina plus instrumental delights from harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans and tenor saxophone legend Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis. This week's featured album is What Matters Most, Barbra Streisand's 2011 collection of songs dedicated to the work of her long time friends and collaborators, award winning lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The featured songs include The Windmills Of Your Mind, So Many Stars and Nice 'n' Easy.

You Make Me Feel So Young20151129

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart presents a finale to the current series celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra with tracks from 12 classic albums recorded between 1947 and 1979. Featuring the work of his favourite arrangers who shaped his career, these included Axel Stordahl, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Don Costa and Gordon Jenkins.

Born on December 12 1915, Frank Sinatra remains one of the popular music world's towering figures. His career began as a singing waiter in his native New Jersey before he came to the attention of bandleader Harry James. Thereafter, from the swing era of the 1940's right through to his sell out stadium shows of the 1970's and 80's, Frank Sinatra proved himself time and time again to be a creative powerhouse who defined, and in many cases redefined the Great American Songbook.

Tonight's music reflects his sheer versatility and enduring appeal with favourite songs from classic recordings including Songs For Swinging Lovers, In The Wee Small Hours, Come Fly With Me, September Of My Years and Trilogy: Past, Present and Future.

You Must Remember This20150913

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including singers Flora Purim, Eliane Elias and Norah Jones, plus instrumental classics from trumpeter Miles Davis and alto saxophonist Marshall Royal. Moira's featured album this week is singer, songwriter Harry Nilsson's A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night. Released in 1973, this was Nilsson's first foray into the world of standards in the company of Frank Sinatra and Nat 'King' Cole's favourite arranger Gordon Jenkins with a tracklist that included Lazy Moon, Makin' Whoopee and As Time Goes By.

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To20150503

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including Betty Carter, Nat 'King' Cole and Barbra Streisand, plus instrumental classics from the Andre Previn Trio and guitarist Wes Montgomery. This week's featured album is All Through The Night: Julie London Sings The Choicest Of Cole Porter. This 1966 release finds Julie at her sultry best backed by alto saxophonist Bud Shank's über cool quintet in a selection of Porter classics that includes In The Still Of The Night, Easy To Love and At Long Last Love.

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To20170604

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards.

Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including Julie London, Steve Tyrell, Blossom Dearie, Randy Newman and The Singers Unlimited. This week's featured album is The Four Freshmen and Five Trombones. This was vocal quartet The Four Freshmen's second release for Capitol Records in 1955. Featuring the Freshmen with a group of LA's finest session trombonists, including Milt Bernhart, Frank Rosolino and George Roberts in arrangements by Pete Rugolo, this critically acclaimed album also became a surprise best seller. It reached Number 6 and stayed in the US album charts for 8 months. It was also the first record bought by a 13 year old Brian Wilson who would go on to form the Beach Boys and has always acknowledged just how much of an influence The Four Freshmen were on his own music. The featured tracks include Love Is Just Around The Corner, Angel Eyes and Our Love Is here To Stay.

Your Mind Is On Vacation20161120

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years. Including singers Marlena Shaw, Janis Siegal, Nina Simone, The Manhattan Transfer and Matt Monro. This week's featured album is I Think It's Going To Rain Today, Curtis Stigers' 2005 diverse selection which includes Elvis Presley's That's Alright Mama, Willie Dixon's My Babe and Mose Allison's Everybody Cryin' Mercy.

You're Gonna Hear From Me20150315

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including singers Scott Walker, Catherine Russell and Dianne Reeves with instrumental sounds from saxophonist Yusef Lateef and pianist Art Tatum. This week's featured album is Speak Low, a collection of standards recorded in 2008 by Boz Scaggs which includes Arlen and Mercer's This Time The Dream's On Me, Rodgers and Hart's She Was Good To Me and Hoagy Carmichael's Skylark.

You're My Thrill20150920

Music 'til Midnight - the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists from the past 60 years including singers Peggy Lee, George Michael and Natalie Cole, plus instrumental classics from pianist Cy Coleman and harmonica legend Toots Thielemans. Moira's featured album this week is singer and pianist Shirley Horn's 2001 collection of standards, You're My Thrill. Produced by songwriter and arranger Johnny Mandel, the tracks include Why Don't You Do Right and Sharing The Night With The Blues.

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Music 'til Midnight - Moira Stuart showcases the best in easy listening sounds and timeless standards performed by the greatest artists of the past 60 years. Including singers Buddy Greco, Peggy Lee, Kevin Mahogany, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Shirley Horn. This week's featured album is singer Catherine Russell's Grammy nominated 2016 release, Harlem On My Mind. The inspiration for the album came from her father Luis Russell, who was for many years Louis Armstrong's musical director and her mother Carline Ray, bassist with The International Sweethearts of Rhythm. All of the songs on the album have a strong connection with Harlem's musical heritage and include Swing Brother Swing, Let Me Be The Last To Know and When Lights Are Low.