Occasional Shivers A reimagining of the language of the Great American Songbook, where jazz meets pop against a backdrop of a 1960s Manhattan love story with music and story by Chris Stamey.
Occasional Shivers

Occasional Shivers

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A reimagining of the language of the Great American Songbook, where jazz meets pop against a backdrop of a 1960s Manhattan love story with music and story by Chris Stamey.

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Occasional Shivers Podcast Episode 0

A reimagining of the language of the Great American Songbook, where jazz meets pop against a backdrop of a 1960s Manhattan love story, returns this year with a new ending, new songs and new performances in Chris Stamey's "Occasional Shivers." Here's a preview of the program and the podcast .

Episode 1 - I Love the Sound of the Traffic

In which Bags Benmont, leader of the Satin and Sparkle orchestra, encounters a surprising figure in front of NY's Plaza Hotel, on a snowy New Years Eve day, 1963.

Episode 2 - What Is This Music That I Hear?

In which Bags and newcomer Will Cassidy arrive at Birdie McDavenish's holiday party and meet a group of unusual characters. A song is commissioned, and a scuffle narrowly avoided.

Episode 3 - In-tox-i-choc-li-fi-ca-tion

In which legendary songwriter Paul Carter expounds on the whys and wherefores of "In-tox-cho-cli-fi-ca-tion."

Episode 4 - I Fall In Love So Easily

In which songstress Jennifer Delancey's casual remark in Central Park inspires Will; a late-night phone call then reveals a concern.

Episode 5 - Beneath the Underdog

In which Paul details some ancient history. Then all protest a threatened calamity.

Episode 6 - Lover, Can You Hear Me?

In which Will and Paul explore the nature of the muse, a secret is discovered, and a rainy-night visit to the Village Vagabond illuminates the theft of a song.

Episode 7 - Stormy Weather

In which life grows complicated for the young lovers, at a meal at the Palm Court. Several letters arrive, followed by a mass dissolution and a sad separation.

Episode 8 - You Pick the Hits!

In which a year has passed. Famed radio show You Pick the Hits' winter song contest unveils the top three winners for 1965, with unexpected consequences.

Episode 9 - The End (plus bonus tracks)

In which Bags sets out for another party as snow blankets the city. A song is heard in the distance.

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