Once upon a time (roughly the early 50s), in a faraway land (Manhattan), there lived a group of singers, piano players, and other musicians and a fascinated audience that crowded into dozens of little clubs to hear them sing and play some of the best songs ever written. Most of them are gone now, but the music lives on in this six-record boxed set that gathers the work of Mel Tormé
, Bobby Short
, Mabel Mercer
, Sylvia Sims
, Billy Taylor
, and many other great nightclub performers.