In A Mellow Tone (IAMT)
A Tribute to Ron Sweetman
Concert @ GigSpace Nov. 30, 2019
Music and IAMT Blog Links
In conjunction with the tribute concert series hosted by Ron’s family and presented at GigSpace, here are some links related to the set list of songs curated for the show we presented on November 30, 2019. Click on the song title for the Youtube (or other) link; you can probably find a lot of these tracks on streaming services. These are mostly the actual recordings that Ron played over a number of years.
Click on the date for the IAMT blog links (in some cases for the IAMT blog, you’ll need to do a wee bit of scrolling along to find the show date — it’s the same link for the same song title — but it’s worth it to read Ron’s comments and see the other titles he featured on the particular program). I have also included links to some of the numbers we presented that were not featured on Ron’s show/IAMT blog but were clearly enjoyed by the audience as well as any that we did not have time to perform. I hope to present the show again sometime. And I hope that you’ll enjoy reliving our concert if you attended or discovering our set list if you were not at the show.
In A Mellow Tone (In A Mellotone) Program Theme Recording
September In the Rain (Sarah Vaughan)
Embraceable You May 4, 2011
Artist: Susie Meissner
Album: I’m Confessin’
Tune: Embraceable You (couldn’t find on Youtube but here’s a link with a little taste on CD Baby of Susie’s version)
Embraceable You October 27, 2010
Artist: Sarah Vaughan
Album: Sarah Vaughan
Tune: Embraceable You
“GREAT LADY JAZZ SINGERS: Ron’s suggestions for the six finest lady jazz singers chronologically Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Sheila Jordan.”
Some Other Time (my current fave version)
I Was a Little Too Lonely (And You Were a Little Too Late)
(For those of you who attended the concert, you may remember this introduction that I shamelessly stole from Bria…but who knows where she got it!?)
Dreamer (a video excerpt from my Ella tribute concert in 2017)
A Beautiful Friendship (from the debut CD on Justin Time Records by the superb Montreal-based vocalist Laura Anglade and her terrific musical collaborators. Am I a fan? Oh yah!)
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) July 24, 2013
Artist: Svetlana Shmulyian
Album: Baby It’s Cold Outside
Tune: It Don’t Mean A Thing [If It Ain’t Got That Swing]
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) October 19, 2011
Artist: The Boswell Sisters
Album: The Boswell Sisters Collection Vol. 3
Tune: It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) November 9, 2011
Artist: Ernestine Anderson
Album: Mercury Songbook, Disc 2
Tune: It Don’t Mean A Thing
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) June 5, 2013
Artist: Vic Vogel Jazz Big Band
Album: Le Big Band
Tune: It Don’t Mean A Thing
Label: Grudge Music Group
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) December 12, 2012
Artist: James Spaulding
Album: Plays the Legacy of Duke Ellington
Tune: It Don’t Mean A Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Ron’s introduction to the December 24, 2008 playlist is one of my favourites: “In the hope of getting you up and dancing, I’ve chosen seven sets of very danceable jazz and rhythm ‘n’ blues, including some of my personal favourites. So, have a drink, choose a partner and off we go!“
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) December 24, 2008
Artist: John Hicks
Album: Friends Old & New
Tune: It Don’t Mean A Thing (can’t find recording but here’s more info.)
If You Could See Me Now November 19, 2008
Artist: Sheila Jordan with Vienna Art Orchestra
Album: Quiet Ways: Ballads
Tune: If You Could See Me Now (I had to cut this one for time but will do it at my next gig; can’t find exact recording online; enjoy this!)
If You Could See Me Now (Sarah Vaughan)
Tadd Dameron wrote this song for Miss Vaughan and I love this rendition)
59th St. Bridge Song January 6, 2010
Album: Offshore Echoes
Tune: The 59th Street Bridge Song (couldn’t find on Youtube but here’s a link with a little taste on CD Baby of Kristina’s version)
Shall We Dance? (Stacey Kent)
RADIO HOST — I had the great pleasure of hosting Swing Is In The Air for about a year in the mid-2000s and it was not only loads of fun but a wonderful learning experience. To this day, I can credit improvements on how I present comments to a live audience to some of the techniques I learned while training to be an on-air host. Thanks to the great team at Swing and CKCU FM as well as to all who listened in and chatted with me online (and those who phoned and sent personal emails) in regards to some of my shows. And a special thanks to the iconic founders of CKCU jazz programs Swing Is In The Air and In A Mellow Tone Jacques Emond and Ron Sweetman. These gentlemen invited me to guest host on their shows a few times which led to my hosting Swing. Although they have sadly left us to join that great radio station in the sky, I think of them often with fondness and appreciation.
My programs focused mostly on the exploration of vocal jazz and often featured thematic presentations about singers and songwriters of the Great American Songbook and beyond. This is not to say that I didn’t play instrumental music but for the most part on my Sundays, the crooner was king and the chanteuse was queen!
The dedicated Swing team continues to offer excellent programming every Sunday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on CKCU FM 93.1 or via live streaming at www.ckcufm.com (where you can also listen to archived programs on demand).
Thanks for listening!
Nice mention in a recent Ottawa Life magazine article about the 2019 edition of the Ottawa Grassroots Festival.
JAZZWORKS JAZZ CAMP
I attended Jazz Camp for the first time in August 2019 and had a fantastic experience which I hope to repeat! I highly recommend it.