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 »

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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."

Radio Munson 8/4/16

Radio Munson returns to GLT from summer vacation with Andy Farber's "Seems Like Old Times" kicking off a swinging Thursday evening. Don has lined up sides from Will Bradley's band, vocalists Lena Horne, Nat Cole and Diana Krall plus, as we head into the dog days of summer, an upbeat Artie Shaw version of "Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog gone."

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.

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