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Radio Munson

Thursday 7PM - 9PM

The eclectic mix of big band swing, vintage hot jazz and Las Vegas headliners on Radio Munson offers great music of a different era.  Don plays Ellington and Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Django Reinhardt, Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band and Stan Kenton.  The conversation is lively and real musical history is in the air on Radio Munson. 

Radio Munson 3/24/16

Mar 28, 2016

There’s another eclectic lineup on this week’s Radio Munson with Norah Jones, Bob Crosby’s Bobcats, the Hot Club of Cowtown, and Leon Redbone, among others.  There’s a cool jazz version of Rogers and Hart’s song “Spring Is Here” and, before all is said and done, Oscar Peterson plays “Easter Parade.”

Radio Munson 3/10/16

Mar 10, 2016

Ella Fitzgerald invokes the coming Spring on this week’s Radio Munson with a classic Cole Porter song, along with swingers from Bobby Short, Blossom Dearie, and the Delta Rhythm Boys.  Don also plays a 1927 recording by Bix Beiderbecke on the iconic 1920s jazzman’s birthday, plus sides by the Buddy Rich and Artie Shaw bands.

Radio Munson 3/3/16

Mar 3, 2016

There’s a bit of tap dancing on Radio Munson this week as “Fast Eddie” Francisco lets it fly with the Hot Sardines and a rousing version of “Honeysuckle Rose.”  Don also has vocals by Sammy Davis, Junior, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, and Rebecca Kilgore, swinging big band sides by Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman, plus Slim and Slam’s memorable hit from 1938 titled “Flat Foot Floogie (With the Floy, Floy)."

Radio Munson 2/25/16

Feb 26, 2016

Stacey Kent, Kurt Elling, Sarah Vaughan, and Kenny Rankin are among the vocalists on this week’s Radio Munson, along with the bands of Glenn Miller, Larry Clinton and Stan Kenton, plus a virtuoso solo of Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Radio Munson 2/18/16

Feb 17, 2016

There’s some “Jumpin’ Jive” from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on this week’s Radio Munson, along with a 1936 Benny Goodman set featuring vocals by Helen Ward and Lionel Hampton plus Benny’s iconic recording of “Sing, Sing, Sing.”  Ann Hampton Callaway is on Don’s playlist along with piano great Art Tatum.

Radio Munson 2/11/16

Feb 12, 2016

Radio Munson makes a promise to take the chill off your Thursday evening with the Pointer Sisters’ rousing version of “Steam Heat,” plus Louis Armstrong’s rousing “Swing That Music, Johnny Hartman’s treatment of “Lush Life", and songs from two veterans of the vaudeville circuits—George Burns and Jimmy Durante.

Radio Munson 2/4/16

Feb 4, 2016

Carmen McRae, Charlie Barnet, Ethel Merman, and George Shearing are among the greats on Radio Munson this week as Don hosts Radio Munson from Southern Arizona, plus, in honor of this week’s Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the world’s oldest and largest, Don gives a spin to Glenn Miller’s classic “String of Pearls."

Radio Munson 1/28/16

Jan 28, 2016

It’s “Buddy” week on Radio Munson as Don spins swingers from Buddy Bregman’s Band, singer Buddy Greco, and legendary drummer Buddy Rich with his band.  Make that three Buddys and one “Bunny,”—the great trumpeter Bunny Berigan.  Vocalist Annie Ross is on Don’s playlist along with Cab Calloway, The Boswell Sisters, and pianist Erroll Garner.

Radio Munson 1/21/16

Jan 22, 2016

Brothers take the spotlight on this week’s Radio Munson as Don plays Woody Herman’s famous 1947 song “Four Brothers,” plus a 1932 classic by the harmonizing Mills Brothers.  Terry Gibbs, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney, and Peggy Lee are also on the playlist.

Radio Munson 1/14/16

Jan 14, 2016

When Elmo Tanner, vocalist with the Ted Weems Orchestra, learned that his boss had just hired a young Perry Como to sing with the band, Elmo got serious about his gift for whistling and, in turn, saved his job.  Tanner contributed a memorable whistling solo to the band’s next recording, “Heartaches,” and re-launched a second career with Weems’ group.  You’re invited to whistle along with Elmo when Don spins “Heartaches” on this week’s Radio Munson.

Radio Munson 1/7/16

Jan 8, 2016

Benny Goodman is generally regarded as the guy who introduced what became the “Swing Era” in 1935, but Duke Ellington’s Orchestra recorded a pre-cursor three years earlier.  Don spins the original 1932 Ellington recording “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” on this week’s Radio Munson, along with Sarah Vaughan, Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Hot Club of Cowtown.

Radio Munson 12/24/15

Dec 24, 2015

Don proves that it is possible for a DJ to hold a glass of egg nog in one hand while spinning songs of the season with the other on the Christmas Eve edition of Radio Munson. Swing along with Louis Armstrong, Stacey Kent, Take Six, Leon Redbone and Diana Krall, plus Ellington, Basie, and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.

Radio Munson 12/17/15

Dec 22, 2015

Have you ever researched which old song was most popular on the day you were born? Well, Don Munson did this week and found out a bit more than he had bargained for. The website Don chose told him what he wanted, but then asked if he wanted to know the song that was number one 9 months prior to that—you know, the song that perhaps his mom and dad, uh, danced to. It’s all revealed on this week’s Radio Munson along with the web address for curious music lovers...

Radio Munson 12/10/15

Dec 11, 2015

There’s a “Swingin’ Sinatra Centennial Session” on this week’s Radio Munson. Snap that hat brim to just the right angle and start your finger-snapping for an all-star selection of Frank Sinatra’s recordings, plus a number of America’s best vocalists singing songs made famous by Old Blue Eyes. Curtain goes up at 7 in the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel in Vegas, and your stage-side table is waiting!

Radio Munson 12/3/15

Dec 4, 2015

There’s some Boogie Woogie on this week’s Radio Munson as Freddy Slack, Ray McKinley and the Will Bradley band swing through “Beat Me Daddy, Eight To the Bar.” Pianist Oscar Peterson is on Don’s playlist, along with Nat “King” Cole, Nancy Wilson, Steve Tyrell, Pearl Bailey, and Bloomington’s Pokey LaFarge.

Radio Munson 11/26/15

Nov 26, 2015

When the Hi-Los open Radio Munson Thanksgiving night by swinging "Seems Like Old Times,” they’ll be setting the stage for Don’s annual collection of “leftovers,” songs he has meant to play but just hasn’t gotten around to it till now. Included are pairings of Oscar Peterson with Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington, Chet Baker with Gerry Mulligan and even Willie Nelson with Wynton Marsalis. There’s a Chicago connection, too, thanks to Buddy Rich and his band and legendary saxophonist Von Freeman.

Radio Munson 11/19/15

Nov 23, 2015

Dean Martin, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Chris Connor and Curtis Stigers are on Don’s playlist for this week’s Radio Munson, plus historic recordings from November 19ths past from the swing bands of Chick Webb and Stan Kenton, and a rousing version of “After You’ve Gone" by Milwaukee/Chicago clarinetist Chuck Hedges.

Radio Munson 11/12/15

Nov 18, 2015

Set ‘em up, Joe, because Don is playing some saloon songs on this week’s Radio Munson. Johnny Hartman, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dianne Reeves stick around till closing time to unload their troubles to the bartender. There’s also a table reserved for you along Bourbon Street in New Orleans to hear stride pianist Richard Scott plus room on the dance floor to swing to the bands of Artie Shaw and Ozzie Nelson.

Radio Munson 11/5/15

Nov 9, 2015

Ray Charles is on this week’s Radio Munson playlist, along with Billie Holiday, Freddy Cole, Paul McCartney, Benny Goodman, and a red-headed, fair skinned heart-throb vocalist from the 1930's called Pinky Tomlin.

Radio Munson 10/29/15

Nov 3, 2015

Don checks in from Tucson, Arizona on this week’s Radio Munson with some some Sinatra “Witchcraft” and a dose of Ella’s “Old Black Magic” to help set the scene for Halloween weekend. There’s also Benny Goodman’s 1937 broadcast of “Stardust,” Cassandra Wilson offers “Autumn Nocturne” and, in a nod to the week’s sensational newspaper headlines, Fast Eddie Ericsson” sings “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes!”

Radio Munson 10/22/15

Oct 26, 2015

GLT General Manager Bruce Bergethon joins Don in the studio for a special fundraising edition of Radio Munson during the 2015 Fall Fund Drive.

Radio Munson 10/15/15

Oct 16, 2015

Chicago’s Ramsey Lewis Trio did the unthinkable 50 years ago this week when their jazz version of “The In Crowd” made it to #5 on Billboard’s pop music chart, an unheard-of lofty place for a jazz instrumental in the midst of 1965 offerings by the Beatles, the Stones and Bob Dylan.  “The In Crowd” pops up again, a half century later, on this week’s Radio Munson, along with Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Johnny Hartman and the Les Brown Band.

Radio Munson 10/8/15

Oct 9, 2015

The Hot Sardines top Don’s playlist for this week’s Radio Munson.  “Bibs” Palazzo tickles the ivories and “Miz Elizabeth handles the vocal as the Sardines heat up a Fats Waller tune.  Gene Krupa’s band is also on the bill, along with a classic from Henry Mancini and vocal swingers from the Boswell Sisters and Joe Williams.

Radio Munson 10/1/15

Oct 2, 2015

Legendary Tony Bennett must be the youngest 89-year-old to record music in a long time, and his new album of Jerome Kern songs stands as proof.  Bill Charlap’s trio backs Tony’s spot-on interpretations of songs everybody knows and Don plays one of them on this week’s Radio Munson.  The McGuire Sisters are on Don’s playlist, too, along with Lionel Hampton’s vibes, Stuff Smith’s jazz fiddle, and a welcome to October from the Four Freshmen.

Radio Munson 9/17/15

Sep 18, 2015

Did you know legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner was left-handed?  The fact Garner was a leftie greatly influenced his keyboard style.  Don provides a sample or two of Erroll Garner's great audience appeal on this week’s Radio Munson;  plus Dinah Shore, Jane Monheit, Louis Jordan, Stan Kenton and an invite to help clean out the GLT studios courtesy of Ralph Flanagan’s "Rag Mop".

Radio Munson 9/10/15

Sep 10, 2015

It may be too soon to officially throw in the towel on Summer, but it's not to early for Don to play Nancy Wilson's legendary version of "The Things We Did Last Summer";  It's on this week's Radio Munson playlist, along with Stan Kenton, Michael Buble, Keely Smith, and Harry James and his band with "September Song".

Radio Munson 8/20/15

Aug 20, 2015

The bands of Doc Severinsen, Nelson Riddle and Tommy Dorsey are on Don's playlist this week on Radio Munson, along with vocals from Dianne Reeves, Steve Tyrell and Dinah Washington, plus two of the most distinctive and recognizable instrumentalists ever, clarinetist Eddie Daniels and bass trombonist George Roberts.

Radio Munson 8/13/15

Aug 13, 2015

The term "Lounge Act" has developed a rather cheesie image over the years, but a "Lounge SINGER" was and is an icon that, though largely extinct today, was once an ever-present icon.  Don invites you to sit near the bar with him on this week's Radio Munson to listen to two of the best lounge singers, Bobby Troup and Matt Dennis.  Les Paul and Mary Ford are also on Don's bill, along with Artie Shaw, Bob Crosby's Bobcats, and June Christy with "Something Cool."

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