Lady Day on Swing Street

There are few moments more perfect than walking into a dimly lit old bar late at night and hearing a Billie Holiday song. “These Foolish Things” is practically custom made for sliding onto a stool and ordering an Old Fashioned as you prop your elbows up on the bar and think about lost loves and life’s regrets.Few American artists seem to have captured the melancholy of 2am quite like the woman who would become known as Lady Day.

The Chairman, The Poet, and The Dancer

On 52nd Street, New York's one-time Swing Street, is a Russian restaurant that once served as a meeting place for political exiles and dissidents from the Soviet Union, one of whom was a famous poet, another the most famous ballet dancer in the world. But before that, the place was owned by a guy named Jilly Rizzo, and it was Frank Sinatra's home away from home.

The Man Who Almost Composed Bond

Towering above all others in the realm of Bond cash-in albums was Roland Shaw, an accomplished musician who attended the Trinity College of Music and served in the Royal Air Force in World War II, where he lead the RAF No. 1 Band of the Middle East Forces . Shaw released a series of James Bond cash-in records that featured arrangements of Bond themes and background music that were often just as good as the originals, and in some cases, even better.

Jazz on Film: Film Noir

Crime film was one of the first cinematic styles to integrate jazz into the score. It made sense, after all, for a genre so tied to nightlife, to the streets, to after-hours clubs, and above all, to a certain mood and atmosphere, to tap into such a moody style of music. Compiled by Jazzwise writer and "cinematic jazz" aficionado Selwyn Harris and released by Jason Lee Lazell's boutique label Moochin' About,  Jazz on Film: Film Noir is a collection of some of the most interesting jazz noir scores.