Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence

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In the first hour, a celebration of the centennial of Lew Spence, best known for his hit "Nice 'n' Easy," plus new releases from trumpeters Rebecca Coupe Franks and Carol Morgan with birthday shoutouts to Joan Whitney, Della Reese (pictured), Mavis Staples and Caroline Davis. In the second hour there is a tribute to Johnny Mandel. Thanks for listening and please continue to support all of these fine musicians, buy their recordings in this time of lockdown.


  • Ed Palermo Big Band "Gargoyles" from A Lousy Day in Harlem (Self released) 00:00
  • Shirley Horn "Nice 'n' Easy" from Live at the 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival Records) 07:45
  • The Tiki Collective "I've Never Left Your Arms" from Muse (Slammin Media) 12:32
  • Wesla Whitfield "Sleep Warm" from Some Nice 'n' Easy Songs by Lew Spence (Self released) 16:20
  • Host speaks 18:46
  • Miki Yamanaka "Mr. Pancake" from Miki (Cellar Live) 21:00
  • Ian Shaw (feat. Claire Martin) "Night Ride Home" from Drawn to All Things (Linn) 26:30
  • Della Reese "I Wanna Be Around" from Della Reese at Basin Street East (RCA Records) 30:23
  • Host speaks 32:19
  • Vanessa Perica Orchestra "Woody's Lament" from Love Is a Temporary Madness (Self released) 33:48
  • Rachelle Garniez "My Sister and I" from Gone to Glory (Storysound Records) 42:27
  • Host speaks 46:55
  • BobSands "There Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" from Rhapsody in Bob (Self released) 47:38
  • Dr. John "Candy" from In a Sentimental Mood (Warner Records) 50:17
  • Host speaks 55:48
  • Monika Herzig "Memories of Petra" from Eternal Dance (Savant) 56:37
  • Johnny Mandel Featuring Sherrie Maricle And The DIVA Jazz Orchestra "Theme from I Want to Live" from The Man and His Music: Johnny Mandel Conducts The Music of Mandel (Arbors) 1:00:00
  • Kathy Kosins "Hershey's Kisses" from To the Ladies of Cool (Resonance Records) 1:06:56
  • Host speaks 1:11:22
  • Lou Caputo "Cinnamon and Clove" from Not So Big Band (Jazz Cat 47 Records) 1:13:30
  • Greta Matassa "The Shining Sea" from Portrait (Origin) 1:18:33
  • Host speaks 1:23:11
  • Scott Whitfield "Sure As You're Born" from Solitary Moon (Bi-Coastal Music) 1:24:08
  • Mary Stallings "Don't Look Back" from Don't Look Back (HighNote) 1:28:29
  • Host speaks 1:34:39
  • Carol Morgan "With the Wind and Rain in Your Hair" from Post Cool: Greatest Hits (Self released) 1:36:44
  • Rebecca Coupe Franks "Mourn'n" from Every Little Thing Counts (RCF Records) 1:41:45
  • Mavis Staples "Slippery People" from Live in London (ANTI-) 1:46:11
  • Host speaks 1:49:58
  • Caroline Davis "Ocean Motion" from Heart Tonic (Sunnyside) 1:52:00

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