Happy Birthday, Cole Porter

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We are celebrating Cole Porter's 130th birthday—born June 9, 1891, This means that Porter was 27 years old, having already had shows produced on Broadway, when the first jazz recording was made in 1917. Early recordings by James P. Johnson, Jimmie Lunceford, Teddy Wilson and Django Reinhardt showed the adaptability of his compositions to the jazz before Artie Shaw's landmark recording of "Begin the Beguine" in 1938. Today his beautiful melodies, compelling harmonies and clever lyrics explain his enduring appeal. This hour of Jazz at 100 Today! will present recent recordings from Porter's songbook by today's jazz stars.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Emmet Cohen Trio "All Of You" from Masters Legacy Series, Vol. 2: Ron Carter (Cellar Live) 3:44
  • Brad Mehldau Trio "I Concentrate On You" from Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch) 13:52
  • Fred Hersch Trio "From This Moment On" from Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto) 21:11
  • Host speaks 27:46
  • Stephanie Nakasian with the Harris Simon Trio "So In Love" from Show Me The Way (Capri) 32:67
  • Veronica Swift Trio "Just One of Those Things" from Lonely Woman (Hod/Stef) 35:09
  • Sinne Eeg Quintet "What is This Thing Called Love" from Dreams (Stunt Records) 39:54
  • Host speaks 44:48
  • Marshall Gilkes and WDR Big Band "Easy To Love" from Always Forward (Alternate Sidev) 47:14
  • Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" from True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter (Verve) 53:49
  • Host Outro 57:10

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