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Etta Cox

This episode features jazz singer Etta Cox and pianist Daniel May. Legendary in the jazz community, Etta is also a teacher at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School where she carries on the musical style so dear to her. Here she performs songs "All of You" and "You are There" at Maywood Studios in McCandless, Pennsylvania.

AIRED: February 28, 2020 | 0:05:55
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(soft music)

- Melodies are beautiful but I love lyrics,

and when they fit together like these do.

Every time I sing it, I feel very emotional,

very connected to it.

♪ In the evening ♪

♪ When the kettle's on for tea ♪

♪ An old familiar feeling settles over me ♪

♪ And it's your face I see ♪

♪ And I believe that you are there ♪

♪ In the garden when I stop to touch a rose ♪

♪ And feel the petal soft and sweet against my nose ♪

♪ I smile and I suppose that somehow maybe you are there ♪

♪ When I'm dreaming and I find myself awake ♪

♪ Without a warning ♪

♪ I just rub my eyes and fantasize ♪

♪ And all at once I realize, it's morning ♪

♪ And the fantasy is fading like a distant star at dawn ♪

♪ My dearest dream is gone ♪

♪ I often think there's just one thing to do ♪

♪ Pretend the dream is true ♪

♪ And tell myself that you are there ♪

(soft piano music)

♪ When I'm dreaming and I find myself awake ♪

♪ Without a warning ♪

♪ I just rub my eyes and fantasize ♪

♪ And all at once I realize it's morning ♪

♪ And the fantasy is fading like a distant star of dawn ♪

♪ My dearest dream is gone ♪

♪ I often think there's just one thing to do ♪

♪ Pretend the dream is true ♪

♪ And tell myself that you are there ♪

(soft piano music)

I didn't start singing jazz until I moved to Pittsburgh.

And I saw that there was a freedom in that music

that I didn't have.

♪ I love the looks of you ♪

♪ The lure of you ♪

♪ The sweet of you ♪

♪ The pure ♪ I like to pass on

this type of music.

It was started by African Americans.

It came out of the slave songs and the blues

and then moved through Dixieland.

And each passage of my people in this country,

a different type of music came out of it.

♪ Of you ♪

♪ I'd love to gain complete ♪

♪ Control of you ♪

♪ And handle, even the heart and the soul of you ♪

♪ So love at least a small percent of me do ♪

♪ 'Cause I love all of you ♪

♪ I love the looks of you ♪

♪ The lure of you ♪

♪ The sweet of you ♪

♪ The pure of you ♪

♪ The eyes, the arms, the mouth of you ♪

♪ The east, west, north and the south of you ♪

♪ I'd love to gain complete control ♪

I've loved music since I was three

and I always wanted to be a singer

I had really bad nerves from the time I was eight 'til 12.

I would sing in a church and I would hold onto the piano

like this and my sister would play.

Because I had a habit of running off the stage.

And she'd go, mother, Etta ran off the stage again.

But you know, I finally started to stand up and sing.

♪ 'Cause I love all, all of you ♪

(soft piano music)

♪ All of you ♪


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