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August 14, 2015


Oscar Peterson

And On Piano, Oscar Peterson…

Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson would have turned 90 this week. We'll be saluting him by showcasing his work with Ella Fitzgerald, Fred Astaire, and more.

July 31, 2015


Mose Allison and Ray Charles

The Blues of Mose Allison and Ray Charles

Mose Allison and Ray Charles each created their own distinct brand of jazz, R&B, southern blues, and boogie-woogie in the late 1950s and 1960s.

July 24, 2015


Joe Williams

Count Basie and the Singers

This week, our spotlight is on just a few of the many singers who sang with Count Basie, including Jimmy Rushing, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, and more.

July 17, 2015


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June Christy: Something Cool

June Christy's 1954 album "Something Cool" was a landmark in the "Cool School" of vocal jazz.

July 10, 2015


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Clifford Brown and the Singers

Trumpeter Clifford Brown recorded only three sessions with vocalists—Dinah Washington, Helen Merrill, and Sarah Vaughan. And they all happened in 1954.

July 3, 2015


Songs for Young Lovers

The Voice Grows Up: Sinatra’s Early Capitol Concept Albums

This week on Afterglow, our spotlight is on four groundbreaking albums that changed the career of Frank Sinatra in the mid-1950s.

June 26, 2015


sinatra summer wind

Songs of the Season: Summer 2015

Afterglow's annual salute to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer with some summertime favorites from the Great American Songbook.

June 19, 2015


Jose James - Yesterday I Had the Blues

Recent Releases for 2015

We're rounding up some recent vocal jazz releases from Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, and more.

June 12, 2015


Burt Bacharach in 1972

Burt Bacharach and The Brill Building

On this show, we look at the sophisticated songwriting talent of Burt Bacharach, and salute his fellow songwriters and singers from New York's Brill Building.

June 5, 2015


Tony and Bill

Tony Bennett and Bill Evans

This week, we're featuring the two recording sessions from 1975 and 1976 between pianist Bill Evans and singer Tony Bennett.

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First Fusion: Jazz-Rock Before Bitches Brew

cover for the Free Spirits' Out Of Sight And Sound LP

In the late 1960s, young musicians such as The Free Spirits, the Fourth Way, and other now-forgotten fusioneers made the first attempts to blend jazz with rock.

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