The Greatest Recordings in Jazz History

In this video, Schwarz singles out some of the most unforgetable performances of these songs. He shows how Peggy Lee’s “Where or When” — recorded with Benny Goodman and his band — captured “the quavering uncertainty” in the weeks just after Pearl Harbor. He explains that Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” transformed a little-known Cole Porter number into a staple of the Great American Songbook. And he explores the enigma of “Lush Life,” a Billy Strayhorn song that Sinatra himself tried and failed to capture.