S'wonderful, S'marvellous

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198C011998092619981002

Four programmes in which Geoffrey Smith examines the special character of Gershwin's compositions and investigates their appeal to jazz players and singers, surveying some first-rate performances in the process.

This first programme includes records by Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden.

198C02I Got Rhythm1998100319981009

In the second of four programmes on jazz interpretations of the music of George Gershwin, Geoffrey Smith explores why `I Got Rhythm' has proved so popular with jazz musicians who improvise not only on the melody but also the chords.

With performances by Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, Sonny Rollins, Art Tatum and Benny Goodman.

198C03How Long Has This Been Going On?1998101019981016

In the third of four programmes on jazz interpretations of the music of George Gershwin, Geoffrey Smith concentrates on singers.

He includes `How long has this been going on?' by Lee Wiley, `S'Wonderful' by Joe Williams, `The Man I Love' by Billie Holiday, `Stiff Upper Lip' by Maureen McGovern, and `Let's Call the Whole Thing Off' by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

198C04Porgy And Bess1998101719981023

In the last of four programmes on jazz interpretations of music by Gershwin, Geoffrey Smith presents a composite performance of `Porgy and Bess' given by an all-star cast of jazz singers and players.

Performers include Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cleo Laine, Ray Charles, Sidney Bechet, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and Billie Holiday.