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WRTI Jazz Hosts Share Their Five Favorite Songs

Throughout this month, from early evening to the wee small hours of the morning, our jazz staff will be telling you about special moments that created, or perpetuated, their love for this great music. Each of these moments will be accompanied by a favorite song.

In preparation for our celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, we asked our jazz hosts for five of their favorite jazz tunes, which we've shared with you below. This small project was probably one of the most difficult tasks they had to conquer all year.  With knowledge of so much music, choosing just five songs was a mind-bending feat.  All you need to know is that you're going to hear some really good stuff throughout the month! Let's start here:

Bob Craig
Miles Davis: On Green Dolphin Street
Horace Silver: Home Cookin'
Astrud Gilberto, Jao Gilberto, Stan Getz: The Girl From Ipanema
Oscar Peterson: Tenderly
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Strange Meadowlark


Jeff Duperon
Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder: You Are The Sunshine of My Life
George Cables: Byrdlike
Pharoah Sanders: Sun Song
Roy Hargrove: Soppin' The Biscuit
Bobby Watson: In Case You Missed It
Mulgrew Miller: Soul-Leo

Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder sing "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"  - a LIVE recording from the 1977 Jazz Heritage Festival:


Modern Jazz Quartet: Django
Gerry Mulligan and Thelonious Monk: 'Round Midnight
Frank Morgan: Equinox from the John Coltrane Songbook
Sonny Rollins: Way Out West
Chet Baker: All Blues


Sarah Vaughan: No 'Count Blues
Hiromi: Clair De Lune
John Coltrane: Miles Mode
Lee Morgan: Nite Flite
Rene Marie: Peel Me A Grape


J. Michael Harrison
Wayne Shorter: Ponta de Areia?
Gil Scott Heron: A Lovely Day?
Olu Dara: Harlem Country Girl?
Ornette Coleman: Lonely Woman?
Doug Carn: Revelation


Mark Quinlan
Grant Green: Ease Back
Idris Muhammad: Piece Of Mind
Tony Williams: Two Pieces Of One: Green
Chet Baker: Tune Up
Nina Simone: It Be's That Way Sometimes


Maureen Malloy
Duke Ellington and John Coltrane: In A Sentimental Mood
Lizz Wright: Salt
Stanley Turrentine: Sunny
Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown: I’m Glad There Is You
Illinois Jacquet: After Hours