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December 12, 2014 In this session from 1992, Torme performs his own songs, "Stranger In Town" and "Born to Be Blue," as well as favorites such as "Dream Dancing" and "Time After Time" with Marian McPartland.
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Gene Kelly's iconic performance in Singin' in the Rain was informed by the rhythms of jazz.
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November 2, 2009 It's early November, and for many in America, that means that when we go outside, we're likely to get wet. Whether we're dodging sprinkles, showers or downpours, November is part of a rainy season. Hear five songs from vocalists inspired by rain, including Gene Kelly, Patricia Barber and Mahalia Jackson.
Mel Torme in the BBC recording studio of the Paris Cinema, Piccadilly, London.
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September 12, 2007 Known in his heyday as "The Velvet Fog," Tormé was a consummate entertainer: a drummer, singer, composer, arranger, lyricist, writer and actor. Of course, underneath it all was his intuition for all things jazz — and a voice to match.
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December 20, 2005 Musician and writer David Was recounts how the man who wrote "The Christmas Song," jazz crooning legend Mel Torme, was pursuaded to record one of Was' very unconventional tunes — a song that would later become part of Torme's act.
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December 22, 2001 Scott talks with NPR's Vice President of Cultural Programming Murray Horwitz about one of the most beloved Christmas tunes, "The Christmas Song," (a.k.a. "Chesnuts roasting on an open fire....") which was written by Mel Torme.
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