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 2/16/17

Woody Herman's Herd swings Radio Munson into gear this week, joined on Don's playlist by the bands of Charlie Barnet, Doc Severinsen, Ted Seems and Benny Goodman. Bette Midler sings a swinger and so do Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and Betty Hutton, among others.

Radio Munson 2/9/17

"Things Ain't What They Used To Be" is a song title but it's also a statement on American life today. Don Munson offers a couple of hours of "used to be" on this week's Radio Munson. Clark Terry does honors on "Things Ain't What They Used To Be, Sarah Vaughan sings "My Old Flame," and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks play "Stardust," as nostalgia rules the evening.

Radio Munson 2/2/17

The Boswell Sisters of the 1930s were like many of us today—when we get tired of the winter cold, we try to get away for a while. Unlike most of us, though, the Boswell girls opted to "Shuffle off to Buffalo." The Boswell Sisters are on this week's Radio Munson, along with the Delta Rhythm Boys, who take the A Train, and Anita O'Day, who reports "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year."

Radio Munson 1/26/17

Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli were both born during the 4th week of January—violinist Grappelli on January 26th, 1908, in Paris, and guitarist Reinhardt on January 23rd two years later in Belgium. When the two jazz virtuosos signed on as the new house band at the Hot Club of France in the early '30s they made history founding a jazz genre that flourishes today. Don features some "Gypsy Jazz" from the Quintet of The Hot Club of France on this week's radio Munson.

Radio Munson 1/19/17

The term "Lounge Act" has become such a caricature in recent years that Don Munson thinks it is doing a gross injustice to the great artists who have flourished in small jazz clubs and lounges thru the decades. So he's inviting you to drop by the Radio Munson West Jazz Lounge this week to hear Bobby Troup, Carmen McRae, Matt Dennis, Ben Webster, Blossom Dearie, Gene Harris, and more. It's small group jazz at its best—not a big band in the house!

Radio Munson 1/12/17

There's a whole bunch of boogie boogie on this week's Radio Munson, along with a song from the award-winning musical "La La Land," the fight song of the football champion Clemson Tigers, a New Orleans rouser from Pete Fountain and Al Hirt, plus the big bands of Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.

Radio Munson 1/5/17

Radio Munson comes swinging into 2017 with Ella Fitzgerald, Slim & Slam, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, the Pointer Sisters, Pokey LaFarge and, for good measure, Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

Radio Munson 12/29/16

Sarah Vaughan is front and center for this week's Radio Munson, along with Kay Starr, Mark Murphy, Jack Teagarden, and the big bands of Glenn Miller, Frankie Carle and Buck Clayton.

Radio Munson 12/22/16

Don dusts off some Holiday and Winter swingers for this week's Radio Munson from the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Jo Stafford, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Steve Tyrell and Diana Krall. Join Don an hour later, from 8 till 10, following the ISU School of Theater presentation of "It's a Wonderful Life."

Radio Munson 12/15/16

Jimmy Rushing, Jane Monheit and Nat "King" Cole contribute to this week's Radio Munson, along with jazz violinist Johnny Frigo, guitarist Joe Pass and stride pianist Jeff Barnhart, plus a tribute to bandleader Glenn Miller.

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