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Sarah Vaughan On Piano Jazz

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Sarah Vaughan (1924 – 1990) was one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century. With rich vibrato and an incredible range, the singer known as "Sassy" recorded critically acclaimed interpretations of standards including "Misty" and "I've Got a Crush On You."

On this 1986 episode of Piano Jazz, Vaughan talks about her start as a jazz singer and explains how she uses the piano to learn her songs. She sings "Tenderly" and "Poor Butterfly" while host Marian McPartland plays, and the two join forces for "My Funny Valentine."

Originally broadcast in the spring of 1986.

Set List

  • "Misty" (Burke, Garner)
  • "You Are So Beautiful" (Fisher, Preston)
  • "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
  • "Tenderly" (Fields, McHugh)
  • "My Funny Valentine" (Hart, Rodgers)
  • "East Of The Sun" (Bowman)
  • "I Can't Get Started" (Duke, Gershwin)
  • "There'll Be Other Times" (McPartland, Jones)
  • "Poor Butterfly" (Hubbell)
  • "Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home" (Pettiford)
  • "If You Could See Me Now" (Dameron, Sigman)

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