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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.

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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.

September 24, 2015


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Songs of the Season: Autumn 2015

Afterglow's salute to falling leaves and pumpkin spice with the best autumn songs from the Great American Songbook.

September 18, 2015


[Portrait of Wesley Prince, Oscar Moore, and Nat King Cole, Zanzibar, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946]

Nat King Cole in the 1940s

In the 1940s, Nat King Cole transformed from a work-a-day pianist in L.A. to a national superstar.

September 11, 2015



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We're exploring the best "Stardust Melodies" from the Great American Songbook.

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August 14, 2015


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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


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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.

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