August Birthdays, including the George Shearing Centennial

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August jazz birthdays this week on Gifts and Messages. We feature pianist George Shearing for his 100th birthday, along with Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker (2020 is the Bird centennial. Are you ready?), Count Basie and Lester Young. Among the living we give thanks for Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Branford Marsalis. And there are singers Eddie Jefferson and Jimmy Rushing, reedmen Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Benny Carter (at the Savoy Ballroom), pianist Oscar Peterson and trumpeter Bill Coleman. A special birthday shout-out to Mixcloud's Halle Cat. Enjoy the show & tell your friends!

Thanks to our most engaged listeners of the week in: Athens (Greece); Chicago, Baton Rouge, Portland [OR](US); and Koln (Germany)!


  • Pat Metheny "James" from Trio>Live (Warner Bros) 00:00
  • Wayne Shorter "Sacajawea " from Alegria (Verve) 05:48
  • Cecile McLorin-Salvant "Devil May Care" from Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue) 13:24
  • Branford Marsalis "Cianna" from The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul (Okeh) 21:16
  • Eddie Jefferson "Workshop" from Still on the Planet (Muse) 28:46
  • Louis Armstrong "Louis Remembers-Part 8" from Satchmo (Decca) 32:00
  • George Shearing "Lullaby of Birdland" from 45 rpm single (MGM) 57:46
  • George Shearing "September in the Rain" from 78 rpm single (MGM) 1:01:21
  • George Shearing "Donna Lee" from Back to Birdland (Telarc) 1:04:35
  • Charlie Parker "Bird Feathers" from Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions (Mosaic) 1:11:02
  • Charlie Parker "Klact-Oveeseds-Tene" from Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions (Mosaic) 1:15:03
  • Charlie Parker "My Old Flame" from Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions (Mosaic) 1:18:02
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk "On the Corner of King and Scott Streets" from Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk (Mercury) 1:21:10
  • Oscar Peterson "I've Never Been in Love Before" from The London House Sessions (Verve) 1:26:40
  • Count Basie "One O'Clock Jump" from The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic) 1:32:16
  • Count Basie "Every Tub #1" from The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic) 1:37:35
  • Jimmy Rushing "St. Louis Blues" from Blues&Things (New World) 1:40:54
  • Lester Young "Three Little Words" from The "Kansas City" Sessions (Commodore) 1:45:16
  • Benny Carter "More Than You Know" from The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic) 1:48:09
  • Benny Carter "Honeysuckle Rose" from The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic) 1:53:55

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