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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

Carmen McRae

Recorded 1955

Carmen McRae vocals

Arranged by Ralph Burns


Jack Pleis


Decca DL-8267

Nat "King" Cole Hittin' the Ramp

Recorded 1936-1943

10 Disc Vinyl Collection

Available on Bandcamp.


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


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!

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