Piano Jazz Presents: The Women Of Song

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Singer and actress Eartha Kitt, decked out in leopard skin and furs for her London stage show Talk of the Town in 1960. Kitt appeared on Piano Jazz in 1993. i

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Singer and actress Eartha Kitt, decked out in leopard skin and furs for her London stage show Talk of the Town in 1960. Kitt appeared on Piano Jazz in 1993.

Singer and actress Eartha Kitt, decked out in leopard skin and furs for her London stage show Talk of the Town in 1960. Kitt appeared on Piano Jazz in 1993.

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This week, Piano Jazz celebrates Women's History Month with selections from some of the renowned female singers who've appeared on the program.

Marian McPartland accompanies several luminaries and contemporary stars on a set of standards, and discusses a woman's musical life in depth. Her guests span seven decades of jazz and American popular song, including Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Eartha Kitt, Rosemary Clooney, Susannah McCorkle, Diana Krall and Norah Jones. McPartland also performs her solo rendition of Oscar Hammerstein and Ben Oakland's "I'll Take Romance."

Guest host Murray Horwitz has served as vice president of cultural programming at NPR, where he started the hit quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, co-hosted NPR's Basic Jazz Record Library With A.B. Spellman, and still serves as the movie maven for NPR's Talk of the Nation. He is the co-author of the Tony Award-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin', a lyricist whose credits include popular songs for John Harbison's opera The Great Gatsby, and the writer of a pops concert based on the music of George and Ira Gershwin. His new play, RFK: The Journey to Justice (written with Jonathan Estrin), toured the U.S. last year, and can be heard on public radio stations across the country. Horwitz has also served as the director of the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

Set List

  1. Norah Jones, voice; Marian McPartland, piano - "September in the Rain" (A. Dubin, H. Warren)
  2. Rosemary Clooney, voice; Marian McPartland, piano - "Don't Fence Me In" (C. Porter)
  3. Diana Krall, voice; Marian McPartland, piano - "Body and Soul" (J. Green, E. Heymann, R. Sour, F. Eyton)
  4. Sarah Vaughan, voice; Marian McPartland, piano - "East of the Sun" (B. Bowman)
  5. Carmen McRae, piano and voice - "As Long As I Live" (H. Arlen, T. Koehler)
  6. Norah Jones, piano and voice; Marian McPartland, piano - "The Nearness of You" (H. Carmichael, N. Washington)
  7. Susannah McCorkle, voice; Marian McPartland, piano - "I'll Be Around" (A. Wilder)
  8. Eartha Kitt, voice; Marian McPartland, piano - "I Don't Want to Be Alone (Where Is My Man?)" (E. Kitt, B. Vilanch, F. Zarr, J. Morali)
  9. Susannah McCorkle, voice; Marian McPartland, piano - "Skylark" (H. Carmichael, J. Mercer)
  10. Marian McPartland, piano - "I'll Take Romance" (O. Hammerstein, B. Oakland)
  11. Rosemary Clooney, voice; Marian McPartland, piano - "September Song" (K. Weill, M. Anderson)

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