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January 15, 2016

 

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Pete Rugolo And The Singers

In honor of the centennial of arranger Pete Rugolo, we'll feature his progressive arrangements for Nat King Cole, June Christy, and others.

December 24, 2015

 

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Soul Christmas

Soulful interpretations of holiday favorites, from Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Darlene Love, and more.

December 17, 2015

 

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Songs of the Season: Winter 2015

An Afterglow salute to winter weather (without your typical Christmas songs)!

December 11, 2015

 

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Harry, Tommy, and Axel: Sinatra’s First Five Years

For Frank Sinatra's centennial, we look at his first five years as a recording artist.

November 27, 2015

 

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The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, would have turned 100 on November 29th.

November 20, 2015

 

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Recent Releases for 2015, Part 2

A roundup of recent releases in the world of vocal jazz and traditional pop from the second half of 2015

November 13, 2015

 

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A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night

In 1973, singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson released an album of standards, arranged by Sinatra's arranger Gordon Jenkins.

October 30, 2015

 

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A City of Song

A cross country roadtrip with songs about St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, and the Big Apple, performed by Johnny Mercer, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, and more.

October 23, 2015

 

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Italian-American Crooners

Italian-American Crooners, like Sinatra, Martin, Como, and Bennett, shaped the landscape of popular song in the 1940s and 50s.

October 7, 2015

 

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Live Nina!

We feature Nina Simone, the "High Priestess of Soul," in her most natural element: live on stage at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Portraits In Black: Jazz Tributes To African-American Heroes

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Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.

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

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