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"“This is very unusual among collaborators, but I don't think I ever asked her to change a note. Anything she wrote, I could put words to and that doesn't happen very often,”
~Arthur Herzong Jr., lyricist

"Her musical streak came out in composition"
~Helen Oakley Dance, jazz journalist and music historian

Irene Kitchings

& Ethan Philion

b.  1908  Marietta, Ohio

d. 1975

  • Born Irene Armstrong.

  • Moved to Detroit to live with aunt 1921.

  • Moved to Chicago 1926.

  • Performed around Chicago as a pianist. 

  • Married Teddy Wilson 1931.

  • Became friends with Billie Holiday and took Carmen McRae under her wing. 

  • Composed Some Other Spring and Ghosts of Yesterday.

  • Divorced Teddy Wilson and moved to Cleveland. 

  • Suffered from Eale's Disease which took her sight. 

  • Married Elden Kitchings. 

  • Died 1975.

""The song Nothing Ever Happens is the most beautiful thing I've ever heard in my life."
~Billie Holiday, jazz vocalist

Torchy!
Carmen McRae

Recorded 1955

Carmen McRae vocals

Arranged by Ralph Burns

and

Jack Pleis

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Decca DL-8267

Nat "King" Cole Hittin' the Ramp

Recorded 1936-1943

10 Disc Vinyl Collection

Available on Bandcamp.

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Resonance Records 2019

The Swingin's Mututal
Nancy Wilson

recorded 1961

Nancy Wilson vocals

George Shearing piano

Dick Garcia guitar

George Duvivier bass

Walter Bolden drums

Eddie Costa vibraphone

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Capitol Records ST 1524

Music featured in episode:

Ethan's album Meditations: The Music of Charles Mingus will be available August 26th. 

Now available wherever you find your podcasts!