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Will Friedwald

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#599 - Will Friedwald Returns - Tony Bennett turns 95

The Paul Leslie Hour

#599 - Will Friedwald Returns Will Friedwald Returns to The Paul Leslie Hour! Tony Bennett turns 95! Joining us to celebrate the occasion is the great writer and jazz critic Will Friedwald. He has written 10 books, including Tony Bennett: The Good Life, which he wrote with Tony. Will Friedwald was the first guest of 2021, and it's a pleasure to welcome him back on this very special occasion. Happy Birthday Tony Bennett! We hope you enjoy a discussion of all things Tony, and more! The Paul Leslie Hour is a talk show dedicated to “Helping People Tell Their Stories.” Some of the most iconic people of all time drop in to chat. Frequent topics include Arts, Entertainment and Culture.


4 Aug 2021

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The Legacy of Nat King Cole with Will Friedwald (03/16/2021)

Richard Skipper Celebrates

For the video version, click here and subscribe: https://youtu.be/feRJwvTn3ioOne of the most popular and memorable American musicians of the 20th century, Nat King Cole (1919-65) is remembered today as both a pianist and a singer, a feat rarely accomplished in the world of popular music. Now, in this complete life and times biography, author Will Friedwald offers a new take on this fascinating musician, framing him first as a bandleader and then as a star. In Cole's early phase, Friedwald explains, his primary task of keeping his trio going was just as much of a focus for him as his own playing and singing, always a collective or group performance. In the second act, Cole's collaborators were more likely to be arranger-conductors like Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins, rather than his sidemen on bass and guitar. In the first act, his sidemen were equals, in the second phase, his collaborators were tasked exclusively with putting the focus on him, making him sound good, while being largely invisible themselves.https://www.amazon.com/Straighten-Up-Fly-Right-Biographies/dp/0190882042 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_King_Cole https://www.wnyc.org/people/will-friedwald https://youtu.be/JFyuOEovTOE https://twitter.com/willfriedwald?lang=en https://youtu.be/wKhRnZZ0cJI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Friedwald

1hr 5mins

18 Mar 2021

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#507 - Will Friedwald

The Paul Leslie Hour

#507 - Will Friedwald Will Friedwald is a special guest on The Paul Leslie Hour, the first of 2021! Will Friedwald is a champion of jazz, the great American Song sand the great men and women who sing them. He is the author of 10 books, including Sinatra! The Song is You, Stardust Melodies, and most recently Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole. He also writes about music and popular culture for The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair. Friedwald has written the liner notes for more than 600 CDs. It's a great honor and privilege to welcome author and music historian Will Friedwald right here on The Paul Leslie Hour! The Paul Leslie Hour is a talk show dedicated to “Helping People Tell Their Stories.” Some of the most iconic people of all time drop in to chat. Frequent topics include Arts, Entertainment and Culture.


1 Jan 2021

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Will Friedwald

Maltin on Movies

Will Friedwald is one of the world’s foremost authorities on jazz and pop music. He’s also a quick-witted wordsmith with a fondness for puns. His biography of Nat “King” Cole (Straighten Up and Fly Right) is due this summer, and a revised, expanded edition of Sinatra: The Song is You is one of Leonard’s all-time favorite books on music. What’s more, he and Will have known each other for decades. Jessie says that when they get going, it’s like being at the United Nations without a translator—but great fun all the same.

1hr 13mins

17 Apr 2020

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Zev Feldman and Will Friedwald on the early recorded work of Nat King Cole (1/13/20)

Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York

The new Resonance Records box set “Hittin’ The Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)” is the first large-scale collection of the pivotal early recordings of Nat King Cole’s 29-year recording career. Many tracks in the collection, which focuses on the instrumental work Cole did on piano before he became famous as a singer, are receiving their first official release. In this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI, Zev Feldman and Will Friedwald, two of the producers who put the box set together, discuss the significance of Nat’s early work.


13 Jan 2020