Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Some Music from My Youth

Treat your ears. It's time for a little audio cocktail. I've got a double play of music from my youth. When I was a kid, growing up on 124th Street and Central Avenue in Los Angeles, Sundays were record days in the house. We'd play albums on the stereo. All sorts of albums. Motown, movie soundtracks, Broadway original cast albums, comedy albums and jazz. Lots of jazz. Mom and Dad loved jazz. My parents introduced me to the sublime vocal stylings of the Divine Sarah -- Sarah Vaughan -- and one of Sarah's best friends -- Carmen McRae. Here are two cuts Mom loved from albums of hers that we played.  First up -- Sassy. That's what jazz folks called Sarah Vaughan.

Here is Sarah Vaughan singing "Shiny Stockings."

Now for some Carmen McRae.

Here is Carmen McRae singing "Blame It On My Youth," a song with music by Oscar Levant.

If you enjoyed them, let me know.  I hope you did.

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