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Ruth Brown was one of the pioneers of R&B. The vocalist and actress also hosted a blues program on NPR called Blues Stage that helped bring wider attention to the genre.
On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1993, Brown’s roots in blues, R&B and jazz are on display as she sings to host Marian McPartland’s accompaniment in “Skylark” and “Fine And Mellow.”
Originally recorded Feb. 8, 1993. Originally broadcast June 19, 1993.
- “Fine And Mellow” (Holiday)
- “Skylark” (Carmichael, Mercer)
- “Grooveyard” (Perkins)
- “When I Fall In Love” (Heyman, Young)
- “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” (Donaldson, Kahn)
- “Time After Time” (Cahn, Styne)
- “Solace” (McPartland)
- “B Flat Blues” (McPartland, Brown)