The Nearness of Hoagy

From ‘The nearness of you’ to ‘I Get Along Without You Very Well’, we have mixed 14 ‘Pure Jazz‘ tunes written or co-written by ‘Hoagy Carmichael‘. It has Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Stephane Grappelli, Nina Simone and many more.

LINER NOTES
IMAGE : Photo by Alan Turkus
INFORMATIONS

Hoagy B. Carmichaelhoagy.com: My father was a craftsman”; a tunesmith, who loved working to find the melody that he felt fit one of the many song ideas that were forever buzzing around in his head”.

Indiana University Bloomington : The Hoagy Carmichael Room, designed as a lively memorial to Indiana’s famous songwriter and performing artist, contains a representative sample of the large collection of memorabilia donated by the Carmichael family. It includes a piano, music manuscripts, recordings, photographs, scrapbooks, and paintings.

Red Hot Jazz Archive : While studying to be a lawyer at Indiana University, Hoagy wrote a couple tunes for a band called Curtis Hitch’s Happy Harmonists. The songs were “Washboard Blues” and “Boneyard Shuffle”.

Indiana Historical Society : : By his own account, in 1927 Carmichael had journeyed to West Palm Beach, Florida, to work as a law clerk. While there, he happened to hear a recording of his song, “Washboard Blues, ” by cornetist Red Nichols’s band. It was then that he decided to abandon law…

New Sentinel : Though most others – Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter (a fellow Hoosier, from Peru) – wrote primarily for the Broadway stage, Carmichael wrote only one musical, and it was a resounding flop.

The New York Times : In 1931, Hoagy and lyricist Michael Parish cooked up a little something called “Stardust,” which soon became a standard and made Carmichael a millionaire.

Bloomingpedia. : Most writers wrote with four measures with eight bars and changed keys in those eight bars and Hoagy wrote his songs with four measures and six bars and changed keys in those six bars and could make it sound good.

The Washington Post : A bit later something unexpected and big came to him, leaving him with a “queer sensation that this melody was bigger than I.” Indeed it was: “I got Stardust. That one’s all the girls, the university, the family, the old golden oak, all the good things gone, all wrapped up in a melody.

Parabrisas : During the 1940s Carmichael had his own radio program. He moved to television in 1953, hosting television’s The Saturday Night Revue, a summer replacement series.

Parabrisas : During the 1940s Carmichael had his own radio program. He moved to television in 1953, hosting television’s The Saturday Night Revue, a summer replacement series.

PLAYLIST : Nancy Wilson – The nearness of you (2.58) . Louis Armstrong – Up a lazy river (3.09) . Dean Martin – In the Cool. Cool. Cool of the Evening (3.00) . Ethel Waters – Georgia on my mind (3.30) . Don Byas – Stardust (3.19) . Benny Goodman – Lazy River (3.02) . Bix Beiderbecke & The Wolverines – Riverboat Shuffle (2.34) . Sheila Jordan – Baltimore Oriole (2.34) . Stephane Grappelli – Skylark (4.48) . Nina Simone – Memphis In June (2.39) . Julie London – In The Still Of The Night (2.47) . John Coltrane – Little Old Lady (4.24) . Oscar Peterson – Two sleepy people (3.19) . Frank Sinatra – I Get Along Without You Very Well (3.41) .

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