We are celebrating Cole Porter's 130th birthdayborn 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.
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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