NPR logo Hop And Bop: Jazz For Easter

Music Articles

Hop And Bop: Jazz For Easter

Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket. Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich/Photos: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr, iStock. hide caption

toggle caption
Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich/Photos: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr, iStock.

Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket.

Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich/Photos: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr, iStock.

With Easter coming up on Sunday, every store around seems to be filled with cheerful displays incorporating bunnies, chicks and Easter eggs. Marshmallow Peeps have taken over candy aisles. Television has been filled with commercials for a major film about the teenage son of the Easter Bunny who would rather be a drummer than take over the family business. But if being hopped up on baskets full of sugary springtime sweets doesn't put a spring in your step, then here are five songs to help you hop into the Easter spirit.

Hop And Bop: Jazz For Easter

Cover for Ella and Louis Again

I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135514850/135511118" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket

  • from Ella and Louis Again
  • by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Two of the most recognized voices in jazz history team up for this Irving Berlin tune. "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket" was originally introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1936 musical comedy film Follow the Fleet. It sounds decidedly different in the hands of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong — much more jazz than Broadway.

Buy Featured Music

Song
Ella and Louis Again
Album
Ella and Louis Again
Artist
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Label
Verve
Released
1957

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges

Bunny

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135514850/135511186" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Bunny

  • from Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges
  • by Gerry Mulligan & Johnny Hodges

This 1959 album marked the only time Gerry Mulligan and Johnny Hodges recorded together in the studio; "Bunny" was penned by Mulligan with Hodges in mind. The title refers to one of Hodges' nicknames, "Rabbit." The two saxophonists blend together perfectly in this laid-back tune.

Buy Featured Music

Song
Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges
Album
Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges
Artist
Gerry Mulligan & Johnny Hodges
Label
Verve
Released
1960

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Pandora

Lullaby for Rabbit

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135514850/135511143" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Lullaby For Rabbit

  • from Pandora
  • by Makoto Ozone

The first few notes of pianist Makoto Ozone's "Lullaby for Rabbit" bounce gently, evoking an image of a rabbit exploring here and there. Some might think a lullaby should be a nice, slow ballad, but there's a gentle playfulness to the song, which builds to a sprightly tempo fit for the titular rabbit.

Buy Featured Music

Song
Pandora
Album
Pandora
Artist
Makoto Ozone
Label
Verve

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Stan Getz and the Cool Sounds

Rustic Hop

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/135514850/135511105" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Rustic Hop

  • from Stan Getz and the Cool Sounds
  • by Stan Getz

Valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer joins saxophonist Stan Getz for this fast-paced romp. Getz, one of the fathers of the "cool jazz" sound, shows that he could border on the hot side if he wanted to. The interplay between Brookmeyer and Getz is fantastic, with the two talents seeming to inspire each other.

Buy Featured Music

Song
Stan Getz and the Cool Sounds
Album
Stan Getz and the Cool Sounds
Artist
Stan Getz
Label
Universal/Verve
Released
1957

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Cover for Standard Time, Vol. 3: The Resolution of Romance

Big Butter And Egg Man

  • from Standard Time, Vol. 3: The Resolution of Romance
  • by Wynton Marsalis

"Big Butter and Egg Man" is a 1926 standard originally written for Louis Armstrong. Here, it's given a loving touch through the warm, clear tone of Wynton Marsalis' trumpet. The song's title was taken from slang of the era in which it was penned, referring to a man who's a big spender.

YouTube

Buy Featured Music

Song
Standard Time, Vol. 3: The Resolution of Romance
Album
Standard Time, Vol. 3: The Resolution of Romance
Artist
Wynton Marsalis
Label
CBS Records
Released
1990

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?