From ”My Blue Heaven” to ”You’re Driving Me Crazy” and “Love Me or Leave Me,” Walter Donaldson composed a string of hits that have held enduring appeal for jazz musicians. His songs have been favorites with the lyricists who collaborated with him, including Johnny Mercer
. Like many Walter Donaldson compositions, ”Crazy” remains a jam session favorite among jazz musicians.
Broadcast highlights on Riverwalk Jazz this week include pianist Dick Hyman’s recreation of the piano roll version of “‘Taint No Sin (to Take Off Your Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones)” which he remembers hearing as boy at home. Stephanie Nakasian performs a song made famous by Basie Band blues singer Helen Humes