Peggy Lee Fever Infects Manhattan with help from Jonathon Schwartz
For the past 15 weeks, Jonathon Schwartz, of WNYC-FM and Sirius XM has played songs from Stacy Sullivan’s newest album “It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee.”
Schwartz is best known for his two four-hour-long weekend broadcasts, The Saturday Show and The Sunday Show. In his talk during the shows, Schwartz will discuss famous songwriters, singers, and artists. His music selections incorporate a high concentration of jazz, pop, standards, big band, Broadway show tunes…you name it. He champions artists who carry on the traditions of the American Songbook, and he has decided to champion the work of Stacy Sullivan as she takes on the Peggy Lee songbook.
Schwartz has described Sullivan’s album as Peggy Lee “oriented” because of her unexpected interpretations of the famous singer’s well-known canon. Schwartz grew up surrounded by entertainers — his father, songwriter Arthur Schwartz, worked closely with Sinatra and contributed several tunes to the American popular songbook, including “That’s Entertainment” and “Dancing in the Dark.” He is also an accomplished author, cultural commentator and jazz singer. He was, for four years, the artistic director of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and for five years appeared as the music correspondent on NBC’s Sunday Today Show.
Schwartz knows what it is to be an artist. As an observer and participant, Schwartz has a very particular take on New York life and has whole-heartedly welcomed Stacy Sullivan into the cultural center of his beloved home.