Growing up in a musical household, Cleveland Heights native Joe Hunter began playing piano when he was just eight years old. His parents would take him to venerable Cleveland jazz venues to experience performances by some of the top musicians of the day. Hunter expanded his musical skills in jazz ensemble and orchestra at Heights High. At Cleveland State University, he studied classical music and as a student in Rio de Janeiro, his passion for Brazilian music was ignited. He has been recognized for his love of the American songbook and its relationship to the spirit of jazz. Hunter has been playing music full time, as a solo artist and with various bands since the late 1980s and in 1997 started teaching jazz piano at Cuyahoga Community College, a faculty position he holds
Joe and Tom discuss 4 renditions of "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)," a beautiful standard by Eric Maschwitz. Then they discuss another of his works called "A Nightingale Sang in Barkley Square" for this week's bonus tune!
Joe and his guest, Carl Topilow, listen with you to 4 renditions of "Luck Be a Lady," exploring the varied paces in the performances of this standard. They dive into the rich history of this song, which made its debut in the 1950 musical, Guys and Dolls. Enjoy a special rendition of this song performed by its composer Frank Loesser. At the end of the episode you can enjoy this week's bonus tune, “Fugue for Tinhorns," performed by the cast of Guys and Dolls.   
Joe and his guest, Lee Bush, listen with you to 4 renditions of "Here's that Rainy Day," exploring the different levels of the melodies and harmonies in this standard. They dive into the profoundly sad lyrics, exposing the ironic nature of this song. Then they listen with you to this week's bonus tune, “September in the Rain," a song performed by Joe Williams with a more upbeat take on rain.
Joe and his guest, Bill Rudman, listen with you to renditions of "Falling in Love with Love" by Frances Langford, Frank Sinatra, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley & Mary Cleere Haran. They explore the merits of each (of which there are many) and Bill discusses the appearance of this standard in the farce of a play: "The Boys from Syracuse." Then discuss this week's bonus tune, "Thou Swell" by Nat King Cole.        
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
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15 hours, 44 minutes
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