Arabs and Jews in Jazz & Blues and Beyond


September 8th, 2004 ~ This American Routes focuses on Jewish, Arab-American, Middle Eastern and Islamic influences on African-American music and culture. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller talk about how "two young Jewish guys" from the east coast wrote some of our most memorable songs, like "Hound Dog," "Yakety Yak," and "I'm a Woman." Plus: music portraying Old Testament tales in gospel and reggae; Middle Eastern images in jazz and pop; and the impact of Islam on the blues. Also, Atlantic Records founder and Turkish ambassador's son Ahmet Ertegun looks back on over a half-century producing blues, jazz, R&B, soul and rock.

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  • Open Bed: Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw
    Battle of the Bands, BMG
  • Bei Mir Bist du Schon (To Me You Are Beautiful) Klezmer Plus and Michael White
    Live recording for Folkmasters,
  • Utt-Da-Zay (That's the Way) Cab Calloway and His Orchestra
    From Avenue A to the Great White Way, Columbia/Legacy
  • My Little Cousin Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
    From Avenue A to the Great White Way, Columbia/Legacy
  • Chusen Kalah Mazel Tov Steven Bernstein
    Diaspora Soul, Tzadik
  • Instrumental: Let My People Go Steven Bernstein
    Diaspora Soul, Tzadik
  • Kansas City Wilbert Harrison
    The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues, Rhino
  • INTERVIEW: Leiber & Stoller Part 1
  • Instrumental: On Broadway Tito Puente
    50 Years of Swing, RMM
  • SEGMENT: Leiber & Stoller Part 2
  • Moses Smote the Water Golden Gate Quartet
    Swing Down, Chariot, Columbia/Legacy
  • Israel Want be Free The Ethiopians
    Reggae Hit The Town, Trojan
  • It Ain't Necessarily So Aretha Franklin
    The Great Songs of George Gershwin, Columbia
  • Dixie Flyer Randy Newman
    Original recording for American Routes,
  • Open Bed: Amad Duke Ellington
    The Centennial Edition Box, RCA
  • Zulu Randy Weston
    Uhuru Afrika/Highlife, Roulette
  • Caravan Ella Fitzgerald
    Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book, Verve
  • Peculiar Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders
    Creole Blues, Vapielle
  • The Sheik of Araby Smiley Lewis
    Shame, Shame, Shame, Bear Family
  • INTERVIEW: Ahmet Ertegun
  • Instrumental: Riders In The Sky Dick Dale
    Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology, Rhino
  • Chem Ooh Chem John Berberian & The Rock East Ensemble
    Middle Eastern Rock, Verve
  • Miserlou Dick Dale
    Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology, Rhino
  • Nawiye Ali Farka Toure
    Ali Farka Toure, Mango
  • All Night Long Junior Kimbrough
    You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough, Fat Possum
  • Instrumental: Lonely Road To Damascus Milt Rogers
    Revenge of the Surf Instrumentals, MCA
  • John Walker's Blues Steve Earle
    Jerusalem, Artemis
  • I Shall be Released Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol.2, Columbia