July 31, 2011

IF ONLY SOMEONE HAD AN ARCHIVE OF HIS SUPERBOWL SUNDAY SHOWS:

Spinning the American Songbook (MICHAEL WILSON, 7/30/11, NY Times)

On Sunday afternoons for the past four decades, Jonathan Schwartz has been spinning the wax and waxing poetic on all things Sinatra and American standard. Now 72, Mr. Schwartz can be heard every day of the week on Sirius Satellite Radio -- Channel 71 -- but weekends still find him at his longtime home on the FM dial, WNYC. He lives in Midtown Manhattan with the actress Zohra Lampert, whom he married last year. Mr. Schwartz's daughter, Casey, 28, and son, Adam, 24, often join them for dinner. [...]

READY FOR WORK I've thrown some CDs into a bag already. There are usually about 30 of them. They're new things, usually. I listen very carefully and lengthily to new material that sounds to me like something I can use.

THE COLLECTION I'd say I have 2,000 CDs. They're sent to me by people who aspire to have me play them on the show. If there's something extraordinary, they go on the air immediately. The thing that's so important to this music is the younger musicians, and there are a lot of them. Tierney Sutton, John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Diana Krall. These are singers that really mean something to me, and they are dealing with the American songbook.

SONGBOOK PARAMETERS From about 1913 on to about 1960, and written by a group of men and, for the most part, one woman, Dorothy Fields, and she called herself one of the boys. Even my father was one of those guys: Arthur Schwartz.


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