Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What's your favorite jazz love ballad?

As Valentine’s Weekend approaches, we'd love to know: what’s your favorite jazz love ballad?

We started a conversation on Facebook and Twitter yesterday that posed this very question. To get the ball rolling, the SFJAZZ Staff came up with a few:

“Save Your Love For Me” (Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley)
"It's Always You" (Chet Baker)
"You're My Everything" (Miles Davis)

A steady stream of responses came in throughout the day. On Facebook, Aaron Levin commented: "Charles Mingus - 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' (yes, it is a love ballad!)." A different kind of love, perhaps? Rebecca Jensen Flanegan later added, "'Midnight Sun' written by Hampton/Burke/Mercer and sung by Sarah Vaughan." View more favorites on SFJAZZ Facebook.

Responses also came in on the Twitter-verse. Neil Shurtz ‏(@NeilShurtz) tweeted "'I'm Old Fashioned,' Chet Baker's version in particular." Joanna Sage ‏(@Jazzjoanner) later responded, "'All of You' by Cole Porter." See highlights from the Twitter feed.

SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors, Collective members and family also chimed in. Pianist Jason Moran (@morethan88) tweeted, "'My One and Only Love' - Hartman & Coltrane." Saxophonist Miguel Zenón then added "'Embraceable You' (George & Ira Gershwin)" and pianist Eric Reed contributed "'It's Easy to Remember' (Rodgers & Hart)." The Hartman/Coltrane collaboration was by far the most popular pick across the board. Late to the conversation, drummer Eric Harland admitted that Jason Moran "took mine, so --> 'Peace' - Horace Silver." Take a moment to think about your favorite jazz ballads and please tell us about it in the comments...

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