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March 25, 2015

 

Astrud Gilberto Album

Happy 75th Birthday Astrud Gilberto

We wish a happy 75th birthday to Astrud Gilberto, who helped popularize bossa nova music worldwide in the 1960s.

March 19, 2015

 

Spring is Here

Songs of the Season: Spring 2015

Afterglow's annual salute to fairer weather, with spring songs sung by June Christy, Rosemary Clooney, and Mark Murphy.

March 5, 2015

 

Swingin' on the Moon

Swingin’ on the Moon

On this show, we're looking up at the moon, examining lunar songs of all kinds, with a focus on Mel Tormé's 1960 concept album "Swingin' on the Moon."

February 26, 2015

 

harrywarren-oscar

The Harry Warren Songbook

While Harry Warren's name may have eluded the spotlight, his songs—like "Lullaby of Broadway," "At Last," and "I Only Have Eyes for You"—never did.

February 20, 2015

 

Stan Kenton and June Christy - Duet

The Stan Kenton Singers

In the 1940s and 50s, the Stan Kenton Orchestra became equally known for their brash arrangements and cool singers, like Anita O'Day and June Christy.

February 13, 2015

 

Ella Fitzgerald

Unlucky in Love

We examine the flipside of Valentine's Day—love lost and love never found—performed by Chet Baker, Nina Simone, and Nat King Cole.

February 6, 2015

 

Dianne Reeves - Beautiful Life

2015 Grammy Award Preview

This week, we check in on the latest in vocal jazz by featuring the Grammy nominees for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional Pop Album for 2015.

February 3, 2015

 

Singer Helen Forrest with Harry James

Voice Of The Big Bands: Helen Forrest

At the height of the swing era there was one singer who starred with three of the biggest of the big bands—Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James.

October 21, 2014

 

The cover of Nancy Wilson's Yesterday's Love Songs lp, recorded with Gerald Wilson and his big band.

Gerald Wilson And The Singers

Gerald Wilson’s arrangements were always harmonically interesting and punchy, and vocalists loved to work with him.

October 20, 2014

 

a road in autumn woods

Songs Of The Season: Autumn 2014

Afterglow takes a musical stroll through the leaves with Chet Baker, Mark Murphy, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, and other serenaders to autumn.

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Sacred Blue: Jazz Goes To Church In the 1960s

Ellington First Sacred Concert

Jazz fans are known for their religious-like zeal, but in the 1960s jazz sometimes became a PART of religion, providing the soundtrack for church ceremonies.

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Night Lights is WFIU's weekly program of classic jazz hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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