Jazz, Music, Seasonal, Valentine's Day

Be My Valentine 2014

I’ve hand-picked 20 songs for Valentine’s Day 2014!

Spotify Playlists

Valentine’s Day 2014 – Vocal

Valentine’s Day 2014 – Instrumental

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All the Things You Are

idolized love

  • Written in 1939
    • Music: Jerome Kern
    • Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein ~ “You are the promised kiss of springtime”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded by Keely Smith in 1956
  • Instrumental Selection: released in 1956 by
    • Art Tatum – piano
    • Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
    • Red Callender – bass
    • Bill Douglass – drums

My Funny Valentine

unconditional love

  • Written in 1937
    • Music: Richard Rodgers
    • Lyrics: Lorenz Hart ~ “You’re My Favorite Work Of Art”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1952
    • Chet Baker – vocal, trumpet
    • Gerry Mulligan – saxophone
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1956
    • Miles Davis – trumpet
    • Red Garland – piano
    • Paul Chambers – bass
    • Philly Joe Jones – drums

Stella By Starlight 

poetic love

  • Written in 1946
    • Music: Victor Young
    • Lyrics: Ned Washington ~ She’s everything on earth to me
  • Vocal Selection: recorded by Tony Bennett in 1964
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1958
    • Miles Davis – trumpet
    • John Coltrane – saxophone
    • Cannonball Adderley – saxophone
    • Bill Evans – piano

Honeysuckle Rose

playful love

  • Written in 1929
    • Music: Fats Waller
    • Lyrics: Andy Razaf ~ “When I’m taking sips…from your tasty lips”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded by Sarah Vaughan in 1957
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1949
    • Django Reinhardt – guitar
    • Stephane Grappelli – violin

In A Sentimental Mood

pensive love

  • Written in 1935
    • Music: Duke Ellington
    • Lyrics: Irving Mills, Manny Kurtz ~ “While your loving attitude; Is like a flame that lights the gloom”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1969 by Nancy Wilson
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1962
    • Duke Ellington – piano
    • John Coltrane – saxophone

Embraceable You

come hither love

  • Written in 1930
    • Music: George Gershwin
    • Lyrics: Ira Gershwin ~ “Embrace me; You, irreplaceable you”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded by Sarah Vaughan in 1954
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1953
    • Bud Powell – piano
    • Charles Mingus – bass
    • Max Roach – drums

Tenderly

gentle love

  • Written in 1946
    • Music: Walter Fross
    • Lyrics: Jack Lawrence ~ “I can’t forget; How two hearts met; Breathlessly”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1957
    • Anita O’Day – vocals
    • Oscar Peterson – piano
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1953, released 1956
    • Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
    • Oscar Peterson – piano
    • Ray Brown – bass

The Way You Look Tonight

musing love

  • Written in 1936
    • Music: Jerome Kern
    • Lyrics: Dorothy Fields ~ “And that laugh that wrinkles your nose; It touches my foolish heart”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1952
    • Fred Astaire – vocals
    • Charlie Shavers – trumpet
    • Flip Phillips – tenor saxophone
    • Oscar Peterson – piano
    • Ray Brown – bass
    • Alvin Stoller – drums
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1951 by Erroll Garner

I’ll Remember April

past love

  • Written in 1941
    • Music: Gene De Paul
    • Lyrics: Don Raye & Patricia Johnston ~ “Your lips were warm and love and spring were new”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1955 by Carmen McRae
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1955 by Chet Baker

Night and Day

obsessive love

  • Written in 1932
    • Music & Lyrics: Cole Porter ~ “only you beneath the moon or under the sun”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1962 by Frank Sinatra
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1964
    • Stan Getz – tenor saxophone
    • Bill Evans – piano
    • Elvin Jones – drums

Don’t Blame Me

helpless love

  • Written in 1932
    • Music: Jimmy McHugh
    • Lyrics: Dorothy Fields ~ “Blame all your charms; That melt in my arms”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1947
    • Nat King Cole – vocal, piano
    • Oscar Moore – guitar
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1947
    • Charlie Parker – alto saxophone
    • Miles Davis – trumpet
    • Duke Jordan – piano
    • Tommy Potter – bass
    • Max Roach – drums

You Go To My Head

intoxicating love

  • Written in 1938
    • Music: J. Fred Coots
    • Lyrics: Haven Gillespie ~ “And I find you spinning round; In my brain; Like the bubbles in a glass of champagne”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1954
    • Dinah Washington – vocals
    • Clifford Brown – trumpet
    • Herb Geller – saxophone
    • Max Roach – drums
  • Instrumental Selection: released by Lenny Tristano (piano) in 1956

Prelude To A Kiss

sheepish love

  • Written in 1938
    • Music: Duke Ellington
    • Lyrics: Irving Gordon and Irving Mills ~ “That was my heart serenading you; My prelude to a kiss”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1954 by Sarah Vaughan
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1953 by Duke Ellington (piano)

How Deep Is The Ocean

unwavering love

  • Written in 1932
    • Music & Lyrics: Irving Berlin ~ “How far would I travel; To be where you are? How far is the journey; From here to a star?”
  • Vocal Selection: Recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1961
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1956
    • Harry “Sweets” Edison – trumpet
    • Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
    • Barney Kessel – guitar
    • Jimmy Rowles – piano
    • Joe Mondragon – bass
    • Alvin Stoller – drums

I Cover The Waterfront

loyal love

  • Written in 1933
    • Music: Johnny Green
    • Lyrics: Edward Heyman ~ “I cover the waterfront; I’m watching the sea, Will the one I love; Be coming back to me?”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded around 1941 by Billie Holiday
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded by Django Reinhardt in 1953

Come Rain or Come Shine

devoted love

  • Written in 1946
    • Music: Harold Arlen
    • Lyrics: Johnny Mercer ~ “I’m gonna love you like nobody’s loved you come rain or come shine”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1959 by Ray Charles
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1960 by Art Pepper (alto saxophone)

There Is No Greater Love

intense love

  • Written in 1936
    • Music: Isham Jones
    • Lyrics: Marty Symes ~ “There is no greater love than what I feel for you”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1954 by Dinah Washington
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1955
    • Miles Davis – trumpet
    • Red Garland – piano
    • John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
    • Paul Chambers – bass
    • “Philly” Joe Jones – drums

Misty

vulnerable love

  • Written in 1954
    • Music: Erroll Garner
    • Lyrics: Johnny Burke ~ “I get misty, just holding your hand.”
  • Vocal Selection: recorded in 1957 by Dakota Staton
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1976  by Joe Pass (guitar)

Love Is Here to Stay

enduring love

  • Written in 1938
    • Music: George Gershwin
    • Lyrics: Ira Gershwin ~ “In time the Rockies may crumble; Gibraltar may tumble; They’re only made of clay; But our love is here to stay”
  • Vocal Selection: Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong in 1957
  • Instrumental Selection: Recorded in 1956
    • Lester Young – tenor saxophone
    • Teddy Wilson – piano

The Nearness Of You

passionate love

  • Written in 1937
    • Music: Hoagy Carmichael
    • Lyrics: Ned Washington ~ “It’s not the pale moon that excites me; That thrills and delights me, oh no; It’s just the nearness of you”
  • Vocal Selection: Recorded in 1956 by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  • Instrumental Selection: recorded in 1953
    • Gerry Mulligan – saxophone
    • Chet Baker – trumpet

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