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Celebrating The Birthdays Of Dorothy Ashby And Tony Bennett

Aug 7, 2012

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Dorothy Ashby and Tony Bennett with our special guest Michael Oshiver.

Dorothy Ashby (August 6, 1932 — April 13, 1986) was an American jazz harpist and composer.[1] Along with Alice Coltrane, Ashby extended the popularization of jazz harp past a novelty, showing how the instrument can be utilized seamlessly as much a bebop instrument as the saxophone. Her albums were of the jazz genre, but often moved into R&B, world and other musics, especially on her 1970 album The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby, where she demonstrates her talents on another instrument, the Japanese koto, successfully integrating it into jazz. - Wikipedia

Tony Bennett  (born August 3, 1926), is an American singer ofpopular musicstandardsshow tunes, and jazz. Bennett is also a serious and accomplished painter, having created works—under the name Anthony Benedetto—that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City.-Wikipedia

On the funny side of things, the gang plays “Sing, Sing, Sing” and later we learn the true meaning behind Bennett’s tune, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.

Song List:
Blue In the Closet
Little Sunflower
The Way You Look Tonight
Do Nothin Til’ You Hear From Me
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Too Much Shame and Scandal
St. Thomas