Listening in the Town Square

Live music venues are like a town squares where people gather to have a good time–to catch up on each others lives, to hear the songs we love.

Jazz Under The Stars – CD

CD cover for Jazz under the Stars

Playlist I Love Being Here With You (Peggy Lee / W Schluger) ASCAP Billie’s Bounce (Charlie Parker) BMI Harlem Nocturne (Rogers & Hagen) ASCAP Take the “A” Train (Strahorn & Ellington) ASCAP Meet Me Where They Play The Blues (Steve Allen) ASCAP Someday You’ll Be Sorry (Louis Armstrong) ASCAP Lullaby of Birdland (George Shearing) BMI …

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Duke Ellington: We Love You Madly

In “The Second Set” this week we are going to feature some of the music of the immortal Duke Ellington.

Something New

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I’m not preparing for a wedding, so call this a reverie, a chain of reflections. It will lead to an exciting announcement.

Eddie Piccard Swings – CD

Eddie Piccard is a real ” jazz man.” But, you don’t have to be just a “jazz fan” to enjoy his music. If you appreciate the 20th Century songbook of American standards authored by the likes of George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer and sung by the Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Nat …

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Mainstage – CD

It happened one balmy but bright day in downtown Iowa City. It shouldn’t have. There was no champagne to speak of, just boysenberry smoothies. Audience members weren’t wallowing on plush leather, they perched on brittle lawn chairs. There were no blonde dames in evening gowns wearing too much lipstick, just fresh faced coeds in shorts …

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