Radio Munson

Radio Munson

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The eclectic mix of big band swing, vintage hot jazz and Las Vegas headliners on Radio Munson offers great music of a different era. Don Munson plays Ellington and Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Django Reinhardt, Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band and Stan Kenton. The conversation is lively and real musical history is in the air on Radio Munson.More from Radio Munson »

Most Recent Episodes

Radio Munson 7/14/16

Benny Carter, Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joy, Dinah Shore, Cab Calloway and Liza Minelli help Don turn back the clock on this week's Radio Munson, plus, for good measure, a rousing version of "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm After They've Seen Paree."

Radio Munson 7/7/16

Perhaps the greatest jazz solo ever recorded happened in Newport, Rhode Island, during the early morning hours 60 years ago this Thursday. The spontaneous occasion closed the last set at the third annual Newport Jazz Festival with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on stage and tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves at the mic. What happened next was jazz magic, and Don puts you there in the front row, 60 years ago, on this week's Radio Munson.

Radio Munson 6/30/16

Some early Independence Day Weekend fireworks on this week's Radio Munson from Jim Cullum's Jazz Band, Keely Smith, and trombonists John Allred and Wycliffe Gordon; plus Frank Sinatra, Lee Wiley, Michael Buble and more.

Radio Munson 6/23/16

Tony Bennett is on Don's playlist for this week's Radio Munson, along with Lee Wiley, Joe Williams, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Sarah Vaughan, and the Count Basie Band.

Radio Munson 6/9/16

Don plays Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", but you can't say that about Radio Munson. With sides from Les Brown, Carmen McRae, the Ames Brothers, and Eddie Cantor, it's going to be two hours of radio—the way it used to be.

Radio Munson 6/2/16

Don's sweet tooth catches up with him on this week's Radio Munson and we catch him with his hand in the sugar bowl. "Sugar Foot Stomp," "Sugar Blues," and "My Sugar Is So Refined" make their way to the turntable; Anita O'Day is on Don's playlist, too, along with Jimmy Rushing and the bands of Count Basie and Les Elgart.

Radio Munson 5/26/16

Don is polishing his virtual Mirror Ballroom Ball for this week's Radio Munson, with a set on his playlist of iconic romantic dance recordings by Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw. Sammy Davis, Junior is on the evening's card, too, along with Keely Smith, Nat "King" Cole, and Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band's offering of the "Tin Roof Blues."

Radio Munson 5/12/16

Billy Eckstine, Catherine Russell, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy put the swing into this week's Radio Munson; plus a trip to 1937 to listen to some of Benny Goodman's best soloists, the Buddy Rich Band roars through "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town), Bobby Troup sings a song he wrote—"(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,"--and Errol Garner plays one he wrote—"Misty."

Radio Munson 5/5/16

Singers Matt Monroe, Mavis Rivers, Tony Bennett, and Nancy Wilson swing some familiar tunes on this week's Radio Munson, along with the bands of Perez Prado, Ted Heath and Jimmy Dorsey, plus a classic live track from Oscar Peterson.

Radio Munson 4/28/16

Helen O'Connell is "Steppin' Out With a Memory Tonight" on Radio Munson while Louis Armstrong climbs "Blueberry Hill" and Bobby Darin predicts "I'll Remember April." Don samples a track from a newly discovered and issued album by jazz piano great Bill Evans and salutes the recording anniversaries of iconic songs by Jack Teagarden and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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