This concept was done three times before as CD length mixes. Realizing that I can go beyond the 75 or 80 minutes of a CD, at last, I have put together the best of the three previous Classic Sounds Of New York.
This mix has been on this page before, here's a replacement or revision. Whatever's clever.
Here's the back story followed by the updated tracklisting:
I love those classic New York movies that have scenes where someone’s keeping their night going by heading to a friend’s afterparty and when they walk in, there’s a mini-jazz orchestra providing the grooves. This is happening in someone’s apartment! The bandleader with the baton bopping with a welcoming smile.
I’ve never had the pleasure but I recently read in Stanley Crouch collection of essays called Considering Genius that Wynton Marsalis gets down like that for real, presently. This is an I Love New York mix that I got commissioned to compile by a special events consultant extraordinaire (Bowen & Company) that was organizing an affair involving the unveiling of a new Donald Trump penthouse suite.
A nice new place was on display and my job here was to give the room a classic and grand sound. I’ve got a real soft spot for singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra and for jazz in general so this was one of those ‘they pay me to do this(?)’ kind of assignments. http://www.bowenandco.com/
I didn’t get the chance to see the place so I just imagined being on the top of the Empire State building and looking around or re-imagined walking around great neighborhoods all over New York City. Watched some movies like Cotton Club, Harlem Nights, Breakfast At Tiffany's, and Manhattan and imagined what it might be like to be a jazz loving socialite way back when.
This is a city that never ceases to astound and I wish I was around to see performances of all these sounds. Play these songs however, and I feel like I’m right there, then. So glad that I’m right here, now. I do love New York and I hope that this is a keepsake to us proper or former New Yorkers and maybe a delectable enticement to those who want to visit New York proper.
Some titles appear more than once because all the versions are outstanding, yet, performed completely differently. That's Jazz. Enjoy New York City on the Jazz hand side.
Billy Joel - New York State Of Mind
Dinah Washington - Manhattan
Sarah Vaughn - Autumn in New York
Eric Satie - Gymnopepie No.3
Henry Mancini - Breakfast At Tiffany's
Eric Reed - Englishman in New York
Sarah Vaughn - Lullaby Of Broadway
George Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue (Piano Solo)
Ella Fitzgerald - Manhattan
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra - Take The "A" Train
Percy Faith & His Orchestra - On Broadway
Lou Rawls - On Broadway
Susan Barrett – Manhattan
George Shearing – Lullaby of Birdland
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - New York, New York
Helen O'Connell - Lullaby Of Broadway
Frank Sinatra - Blue Skies
Dakota Stanton - Broadway
Woody Allen - Wild Man Blues
Duke Ellington - Sidewalks Of New York
Kings Sisters - Take the "A" Train
Kate Smith - In Old New York / The Sidewalks Of New York
Count Basie - All of Me
Ella Fitzgerald - Blue Skies
Jim Tyler - New York, New York
Ella Fitzgerald - Take The "A" Train
Buddy Rich - On Broadway
Nancy Wilson - On Broadway
Regina Carter - New York Attitude
The Supremes - Manhattan
Frank Sinatra - New York, New York
Shout out to http://www.eightball.ie/ for the image - Warming hearts. Like mine, http://www.eightball.ie/2007/10/?cat=4 and one day, yours.