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

Feb 22, 2016

Johnny Mandel's soundtrack from 'I Want to Live'
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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.