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Heartbroken yesterday¬†to learn of the passing of Vinnie Falcone, pianist, arranger, and musical director of some of the greatest interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Mr. Falcone was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. He played in clubs in small combos and large aggregations starting in the 1950s. In the early 1970s he decided […]

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This coming Sunday, January 24, 2016, I will celebrate 16 years on the air at Jazz (0.1 in Rochester, New York as host of a program called “The Sunday Music Festa.” These days, it’s a weekly party celebrating all the great songwriters, lyricists, arrangers, musicians and vocalists who have made the music of the Great […]

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It’s hard to believe Steve Allen’s “kid singer” is 80 years old today. Steve Lawrence was one of those performers who seemed perennially young. His voice ALWAYS sounded fabulous and he always seemed to be sincerely happy in his work. And not only was Lawrence a great singer but he was a very gifted comedian. […]

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The clip you are about to see is a five star winner. It literally doesn’t get any better than this. We can find some that are just as wonderful but you won’t find anything better. I love this clip not only because of the great Irving Berlin music it salutes but because of the personnel […]

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I was so sorry to have heard this morning of the passing of Eydie Gorme. I said on my radio show this afternoon that I think Eydie Gorme was one of the most underrated vocalists in the history of the Great American Songbook. In fact, I would probably put her as the #1 most underrated […]

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