Join WRTI host Bob Craig for a celebration of some wonderful songs with a French Connection, including "April in Paris" by Ella Fitzgerald with the Basie band, a new version of "C'est Si Bon" by Halie Loren, and Karrin Allyson's vocalese of Clifford Brown's "Parisian Thoroughfare." Also, songwriter Jimmy McHugh is in the birthday spotlight ("I'm In The Mood For Love" and "Can't Get Out Of This Mood"). Plus, an interview with singer/pianist Patti Wicks.
Join host Bob Craig to hear some well-known "jazz characters" get the Big Band Jazz treatment, including "Killer Joe," "Freddy Freeloader," and others. Also, in the birthday file this week are Billy Eckstine and Louie Bellson.
The circus came to town, and the music director, walking through the streets, heard a violin beautifully played from a house he was passing by. He knocked on the door, and offered a job to the 13-year-old boy who was practicing. The boy, always independent (he had started his own dance orchestra two years earlier), decided to run away the next day and, yes, to join the circus. But his father got wind of it and the next morning marched him to the Marines, apprenticing him to the band there. The father could do that, because he played trombone in the United States Marine Band.