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Tributes To Lee Morgan, "I Want To Live!" And Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band

Sunday, February 28

Tonight we'll hear many things from jazz's storied past. We start the show with two tribute groups taking on Lee Morgan. Later we hear Johnny Mandel's theme from the 1958 movie I Want to Live! - a movie about the first woman to die in California's gas chamber.

Susan Hayward won an Oscar for her memorable performance of bad girl Barbara Graham. Mandel wrote the full score, including orchestral and smaller group arrangements played by Gerry Mulligan. This is considered the first movie with a complete jazz score. 

Bill Pearce is the host and producer of KMUW’s Straight No Chaser. The music program features mostly instrumental jazz, from early music to recent recordings and airs every Sunday at 9 p.m.