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.
|02||I Got Rhythm||19981003||19981009|
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.
|03||How Long Has This Been Going On?||19981010||19981016|
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.
|04 LAST||Porgy And Bess||19981017||19981023|
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.