Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Celebrating Bessie Smith

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Halfway through April, which is also Jazz Appreciation Month, the broadcast includes new releases from vocalist Nanette Frank, composer Wayne Alpern, trumpeter Johnny Summers and pianist Monika Herzig, with birthday shoutouts to the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, pianist Herbie Hancock, plus vocalists Marilyn Maye and Dusty Springfield. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music.


  • Lisa Hilton "Rush Hour Rhapsody" from Chalkboard Destiny (Ruby Slippers) 00:00
  • Nanette Frank "How High the Moon" from Nostalgia (Blujazz) 05:47
  • Host speaks 08:51
  • Wayne Alpern "Ode to Billy Joe" from Standard Deviation (Henri Elkan Music) 10:06
  • Sinne Eeg "Like a Song" from We've Just Begun (BFM Jazz) 16:24
  • Host speaks 21:41
  • Jocelyn Gould "A Fleeting Moment" from Elegant Traveler (Posi-Tone) 23:15
  • Duchess "Creole Love Call" from Live at Jazz Standard (Anzic) 27:50
  • Host speaks 33:54
  • Bessie Smith "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" from Blues Women, Vol. II: Classic Blues Women (Wea Corp) 35:40
  • Vic Dickenson "Back Water Blues" from Plays Bessie Smith Trombone Cholly (Photoplay Records) 38:37
  • LaVern Baker "Young Woman's Blues" from LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith (Atlantic) 43:09
  • Elizabeth Tomboulian "Good Old Wagon" from Love's In Need of Love Today (Quantum Starsong) 46:00
  • Host speaks 50:44
  • Amina Claudine Myers "Wasted Life Blues" from Amina Claudine Myers Salutes Bessie Smith (Leo Records) 52:24
  • Johnny Summers "I Get Along Without You Very Well" from Baker's Dozen (Cellar Live) 59:50
  • Kurt Elling "Come Running to Me" from The Gate (Concord Jazz/Universal Music) 1:04:35
  • Host speaks 1:10:29
  • Monika Herzig "Fly High" from Eternal Dance (Savant) 1:12:30
  • Kandace Springs "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" from The Women Who Raised Me (Blue Note) 1:19:07
  • Laila Biali "Take the Day Off" from Out of Dust (ACT Music) 1:23:06
  • Host speaks 1:26:46
  • Rachel Therrien "Bilka's Story" from Vena (Bonsai Music) 1:27:50
  • Thana Alexa (feat.Becca Stevens "He Said She Said" from ONA (Self released) 1:33:05
  • Marilyn Maye "Make Someone Happy" from Sounds of Maye (RCA) 1:37:33
  • Host speaks 1:40:49
  • Connie Han "Iron Starlet " from Iron Starlet (Mack Avenue) 1:41:49
  • Dusty Springfield "You've Got a Friend" from Dusty in Memphis (Atlantic) 1:45:46
  • Host speaks 1:51:08
  • Lakecia Benjamin "Going Home" from Pursuance—The Coltranes (Ropedope) 1:52:36

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