Wynton Marsalis’s jazz orchestra (along with guest collaborators) salutes George Gershwin with a performance of Rhapsody in Blue, along with Nelson Riddle’s big-band reimaginings of standards by George and Ira.
2. Andrea Marcovicci
Marcovicci, who’s turned her beautifully swoopy soprano to good use on albums of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter tunes, digs deeper with a tribute to the eccentric cabaret singer Hildegarde.
3. Jeff Harnar
The Broadway-loving baritone has toured all over the country but only rarely in New York; here, he gives the cabaret treatment to the master songwriter and piano player Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity).