Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
10:44 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

On the Next Edition of All This Jazz: The Great American Pop Themes of Harold Arlen

Hope you can tune in for the forthcoming edition of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 16th, right here on Public Radio 89.5. We'll also offer, as ever, a 7pm re-broadcast of ATJ on Sunday the 17th on Jazz 89.5-2, which is Public Radio Tulsa's all-jazz HD Radio channel. (Note that you can learn more about our show -- and can always get the latest playlist information -- at this link. And you can access a "live stream" of the big broadcast online every Saturday night at 10pm at PublicRadioTulsa.org.)

Each week, our two-hour program delivers modern jazz, both recent and classic, right up till midnight. And the second half of our show always carries a theme.

Next time around, we'll revisit a nifty show that originally aired in February of this year...when our second-hour theme was The Music of Harold Arlen. Arlen was, of course, the incredibly prolific and versatile Great American Songbook composer who gave us such timeless pop tunes as "Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather," "Get Happy," and "It's Only a Paper Moon" -- and who collaborated with such top-notch lyricists as Ted Koehler, Johnny Mercer, "Yip" Harburg, and Ira Gershwin. Highly melodic, superbly constructed, lovely to listen to, and often steeped in the blues, Arlen's themes -- which, in total, number more than 400 -- have long been favored by jazz players of all sorts and styles.

Therefore we'll hear (in the 11pm-hour of ATJ) the likes of June Christy, Thelonious Monk, and the Modern Jazz Quartet doing such Arlen gems as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "As Long as I Live," and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea."

Please join us.

(Also -- if you happen to be so inclined -- kindly check out the All This Jazz page on Facebook. And finally, we have an ongoing blog for our program; it's called Kind of Blog, and you'll find it here. Cheers.)

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