Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 12-19-22

Today’s playlist celebrates Hanukkah; the December 19 birthdays of Earth Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, The KLF’s Jimmy Cauty, Edith Piaf, Phil Ochs, KajaGooGoo’s Limahl, Ten Years After’s Alvin Lee, Lady Sovereign, Walter Murphy, and Lenny White; and the December 20 birthdays of Anita Ward, Billy Bragg, Kiss’s Peter Criss, Minutemen’s Mike Watt, The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, The Easybeats/Flash and the Pan’s Stevie Wright, Heatwave’s Keith Wilder, Alan Parsons, Kim Weston, Nao, and Judy Henske.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist (5-26-20)

Inspired by the May 26 birthdays of Stevie Nicks, Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Band’s Levon Helm, Peggy Lee, Lenny Kravitz, Swinging Blue Jeans’ Ray Ennis, Alphaville’s Marian Gold, Nashville Teens’ Art Sharp and Black; and the May 25 birthdays of The Jam’s Paul Weller, Disclosure’s Guy Lawrence, Tom T. Hall, The Tokens’ Mitch Margo, and Jessi Colter.

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Chaka Khan’s Jazz

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Having already displayed her vocal chops with soul, funk, ballads and disco, Chaka Khan experiments with jazz on “And the Melody Still Lingers On,” her interpretation of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Night in Tunisia.” Featuring Herbie Hancock and Gillespie himself, as well as a Charlie Parker sample, Chaka and producer Arif Mardin add lyrics that pay tribute to the classic original composition. When it arrived in 1942 “it was new and very strange” but subsequently “paved the way for generations from Coltrane to Stevie.” “The past you can’t ignore, the torch is lit, we’ll keep the flame,” vows Chaka, at once saluting the past while being very much in the present. The performance also foretold her future – one of Khan’s 22 Grammy nominations would be for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1983. Seventy-two years after the debut of “Night in Tunisia” and thirty-three years after Chaka’s version, its melody still lingers on.

Tunes du Jour listens to Chaka’s jazzier sides today, her 61st birthday.