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Thanksgiving Jazz | Thanksgiving in Oldtown (S3 | E152)


Crisp ground, dusted with frost. A huge oven teaming with heat and full of pies. A town resting from the summer farming labors, reflecting and enjoying. Indian summer leading to post-harvest festivities, taking stock, preparing for the winter. Bounty. Church. Celebrations.

How We Kept Thanksgiving at Oldtown is a story written in 1869 by Harriet Beecher Stowe about a civic honoring of our singular American holiday. We take excerpts from this missive from a distant, simpler time and blend them in with some of the most sumptuous jazz from the past 100 years. From the purity of Tony Glausi’s “Just Friends” to the effervescence of Samara Joy’s “Sweet Pumpkin” we’re already celebrating Thanksgiving… c’mon in, pull up a chair, no chicken necks for you… only the best gravy and stuffing, good cheer and reflection. Thanksgiving Jazz. This week on Lester the Nightfly.


Robert Lrod Dorough (December 12, 1923 – April 23, 2018) was an American bebop and cool jazz vocalist, pianist, composer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Dorough became famous as the composer and performer of songs in the TV series Schoolhouse Rock!, as well as for his work with Miles Davis,  Blossom Dearie, and others.

Samara Joy is very familiar to our LTNF team. I {PJ} saw Samara at The Blue Note in NYC the night before her world debut on The Today Show. Her family was there. Press. Jazz Illuminati… was simply flipping!!! The comment of the night… “I have to go now (at about midnight) as we have to be at the studio at 4:00 a.m. for The Today Show.” Her dad sang for us… just a night of nights… and now she is… SAMARA JOY, signed with Verve… a big deal!!! See the clip I shot below.

Thanksgiving Jazz

Autumn SerenadeJohn Coltrane and Johnny HartmanJohn Coltrane and Johnny Hartman1963
Just FriendsTony GlausiExclusively Trumpet, Vol 12019
Supper TimeOscar PetersonOscar Peterson Plays The Irving Berlin Song Book1959
Sweet PumpkinPasquale Grasso, Samara JoySweet Pumpkin2022
Carvin’ the BirdCharlie ParkerThe Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes2002
The Frim Fram SauceNat King Cole TrioThe Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio1993 (orig. 1945)
Gravy Train (Rudy Van Gelder/Digital Master 2007)Lou DonaldsonGravy Train1962
I Get the Neck of the ChickenBob DoroughRight on My Way Home1997
Thanksgiving ThemeVince Guaraldi TrioA Charlie Brown Christmas [2012 Remastered & Expanded Edition)1973
StuffyColeman HawkinsHollywood Stampede1989 (orig. 1945)
TightSamara JoyTight2023
Stuffy TurkeyThe Bill McBirnie Duo/QuartetMercy2009
Black CoffeeJanis SiegelAt Home1987
Great Pumpkin WaltzVince Guaraldi TrioA Charlie Brown Christmas [2012 Remastered & Expanded Edition)1973
Here’s to LifeShirley HornHere’s to Life1992
Curated: PJ Ewing

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Thanksgiving Jazz | Thanksgiving in Oldtown (S3 | E152)

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DJ and radio personality PJ Ewing is the host of Lester the Nightfly.

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