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Bill Clinton’s Music Room

We all know that Bill Clinton loves a good blowing session-as evidenced by the former president’s saxophone-playing 1992 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show. (Get your minds correct, people!)

Jazz-lover Clinton is now a venerable statesman, helping those in need around the world, but he made time to partner with Museum Music to compile an 11-track CD called The Bill Clinton Collection: Selections From the Clinton Music Room. The CD will be sold at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Ark., and online at

Here’s the track list:

• Miles Davis, “My Funny Valentine”

• Nina Simone, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”

• John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, “My One and Only Love”

• Zoot Sims, “Summertime”

• Mahalia Jackson, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”

• Igor Butman, “Nostalgie”

• Judy Collins, “Chelsea Morning”

• Art Tatum, “There Will Never Be Another You”

• Mickey Mangun, “In the Presence of Jehovah”

• David Sanborn, “Harlem Nocturne”

• Phil Coulter, “The Town I Loved So Well”

Profits from sales of the CD will go to the William J. Clinton Foundation, whose mission is to develop programs and partnerships in:

• economic empowerment

• health security with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS

• racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation

• leadership development and citizen service

Clinton is quoted on the CD booklet saying, “If I’d have been a little better musician, I’d have been playing jazz at the Cotton Club instead of running for president.” Considering the Cotton Club closed in 1940-six years before Bubba was born-we’re happy he chose to be the commander in chief instead of playing a lonely tenor sax solo outside of a long-deceased jazz joint.

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