Radio Munson

Radio Munson


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 »

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Radio Munson 10/20/16

Now that the final debate of the political season is history, Don turns to some Happy Talk on this week's radio Munson. The SONG "Happy Talk," that is, as Karrin Allyson does honors. Don also has singers Dianne Reeves and Dick Haymes on tap, along with the bands of Les Brown and Terry Gibbs plus a hat-tip to the season with "Autumn Leaves" and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."

Radio Munson 10/13/16

Big Band vocalists drifted from band to band during the 1930's and 40's and the Ted Weems Orchestra boasted of some good ones, most notably Perry Como. But Weems was stuck with some clunkers at times, too, and one of those was Elmo Tanner. At one point Weems was so disappointed with Elmo's singing that he asked Tanner to just WHISTLE the lyrics to a song titled "Heartaches." The record became one of the era's biggest hits, and Don gives it a spin on this week's Radio Munson.

Radio Munson 10/6/16

Don checks in from Tucson, Arizona for this week's Radio Munson with Tony Bennett's promise that "There'll Be Some Changes Made." There are sides from Jonah Jones, Janice Siegel, Glenn Miller and Dinah Shore on Don's playlist, plus Stacey Kent states the obvious when she sings "'Tis Autumn."

Radio Munson 9/29/16

Catherine Russell kicks off this week's Radio Munson with "We the People (Gotta have Rhythm and Song)" and Don follows up with plenty of all of that! There's Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Django, the Mills Brothers, Hoagy Carmichael and plenty more.

Radio Munson 9/22/16

Trumpeter Jonah Jones left his home in Louisville to play jazz on the riverboats that plied the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in the 1920's before touring with Cab Calloway's band in the 30's and then he re-emerged in the 1950's and 60's as the leader of a small combo that sold a bunch of albums for Capitol Records. Jonah Jones comes alive again on this week's Radio Munson along with the classic "Let Me Off Uptown" with vocalist Anita O'Day and trumpeter Roy Eldridge.

Radio Munson 9/15/16

There might be rain in the weekend forecast but Don is urging all Radio Munson listeners to "Keep Your Sunny Side Up." The Hi-Los do honors on the sunny 1929 song. Plus, Don has the swing bands of Les Elgar, Gordon Goodwin and Les Brown, vocalists Dianne Reeves, the Andrews Sisters and Leon Redbone.

Radio Munson 9/8/16

Frank Sinatra at his prime from Las Vegas highlights Radio Munson this week. Frank belts out a pair of songs from the Vegas Sands Hotel, backed by the Count Basie Band. Don also serves up a Jimmie Lunceford band classic, swinging vocals by Manhattan Transfer, Carmen McRae, and the Hot Sardines, plus a breathtaking solo from guitar virtuoso Joe Pass.

Radio Munson 8/25/16

Don salutes the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and its young singer, Frank Sinatra, on this week's Radio Munson, along with Harry Connick, Jr., Peggy Lee, June Christy, plus some memories of Toots Thielemans.

Radio Munson 8/18/16

One of Duke Ellington's most haunting compositions was "Creole Love Call," and Duke's band plays it on this week's Radio Munson; plus a newly-discovered recording by jazz guitar innovator Wes Montgomery, vocals from Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, and Eydie Gorme, and a rousing 1938 concert swinger by Benny Goodman.

Radio Munson 8/11/16

How hot is it? Don totes out the ultimate cooler on this week's Radio Munson, "T'aint No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin and Dance Around In Your Bones)" Drummer Gregg Field's band plays "The Heat's On," Mizz Elizabeth and The Hot Sardines offer "Honeysuckle Rose," and 1950s pop star Frankie Laine show his jazz chops with Buck Clayton's band singing "Until the Real Thing Comes Along."

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