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This week we celebrate the 138th birthday of Jerome Kern. Born in 1885, Kern was an important composer of musical theatre and popular music in the early 20th century. Many of Kern's songs have been adapted by jazz musicians to become standard tunes. Featured interpreters of Kern's songs will include David S. Ware, Connie Crothers, Clifford Brown/Max Roach, Blossom Dearie, Morris Nanton, John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett and Anthony Braxton. We'll also check out some new releases as well as a set of tracks featuring bassist Gary Peacock.


  • Thelonious Monk "Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 01:00
  • Terry Morel "I Can't Get Started" from Her Complete Recordings 1955-1962 (Fresh Sound Records) 01:30
  • Kalia Vandever "Soft" from Regrowth (Kalia Vandever) 05:34
  • James Brandon Lewis "Someday We'll All Be Free" from Eye of I (Anti-Records) 11:59
  • David S. Ware Quartet "Yesterdays" from Balladware (Thirsty Ear) 17:33
  • Connie Crothers "All The Things You Are" from Perception (Inner City) 27:36
  • Connie Crothers "Max Roach" from Solo (Jazz Records) 33:16
  • Clifford Brown "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" from With Strings (EmArcy Records) 41:42
  • Mal Waldron "Don't Explain" from One and Two (Prestige) 45:39
  • Helen Merrill, Clifford Brown "Don't Explain" from Helen Merrill with Clifford Brown (Jazz Images) 52:35
  • Blossom Dearie "I Won't Dance" from Blossom Dearie (Verve Records) 58:33
  • Morris Nanton Trio "I Won't Dance" from Roberta (Warner Bros. Records) 1:01:20
  • McCoy Tyner "Naima" from Echoes of A Friend (Milestone) 1:06:20
  • John Coltrane "I'm Old Fashioned" from Blue Trane (Blue Note Records) 1:12:54
  • Bill Evans "A Sleeping Bea" from Trio 64 (Verve) 1:21:35
  • Don Pullen "Warriors" from New Beginnings (Blue Note Records) 1:27:03
  • Keith Jarrett "I'm Old Fashioned" from Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note the Complete Recordings (ECM) 1:33:52
  • Anthony Braxton "This One's For You" from Quartet (Standards) 2020 (New Braxton House) 1:45:28

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