Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Afterglow Plays The Modern Pop-Rock Songbook

Updating the repertoire of popular song, from Prince to the Replacements.

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New song order: Tony DeSare and Jane Monheit turned New Order's 1987 hit "Bizarre Love Triangle" into a modern-lounge bossa nova.

The Golden Age of American Popular Song is often defined as running from the 1920s to the early 1960s. The work of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, and other songwriters of that era continues to hold a prominent place in the repertoire of jazz instrumentalists and singers, and it most likely always will; it’s the popular-song version of classical music’s canon of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and other composers of note.

In the 21st century, however, there’s been a slow movement to incorporate more of the music that’s emerged in the wake of both the golden age of popular song and the rock revolution of the 1960s. Many of the performers doing this are younger singers and instrumentalists who grew up listening to the indie rock and mainstream pop of the 1980s and 90s, and it’s only natural that they would want to bring some of that music into their interpretative domain.

The songs of artists from the past 30 years such as Prince, New Order, Elliott Smith, the Cure, and the Replacements are featured on this edition of Afterglow, performed by Madeleine Peyroux, Gretchen Parlato, Kat Edmondson, and other 21st-century popular-song vocalists.

Music Heard On This Episode

Everybody Wants To Rule The World
The Bad Plus — Prog (Heads Up, 2007)
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Everybody Wants To Rule The World
The Bad Plus — Prog (Heads Up, 2007)

Notes: 8:01 p.m.

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Kiss
Tony DeSare — Last First Kiss (Telarc, 2007)

Notes: 8:07 p.m.

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Bizarre Love Triangle
Tony DeSare/Jane Monheit — Radio Show (Telarc, 2009)

Notes: 8:10 p.m.

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More Than This
Norah Jones/Charlie Hunter — Songs From The Analog Playground (Blue Note, 2001)

Notes: 8:16 p.m.

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Just Like Heaven
Kat Edmondson — Take To The Sky (Convivium, 2009)

Notes: 8:20 p.m.

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Between The Bars
Madeleine Peyroux — Careless Love (Rounder, 2004)

Notes: 8:25 p.m.

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Satellite
Petra Haden/Bill Frisell — Petra Haden and Bill Frisell (True North, 2003)

Notes: 8:29 p.m.

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Time After Time (midpoint music bed)
Miles Davis — Cool And Collected (Sony, 2006)

Notes: 8:32 p.m.

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Swingin' Party
Lorde — Tennis Court (Universal, 2013)

Notes: 8:34 p.m.

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Black Hole Sun
Lea DeLaria — Double Standards (Telarc, 2005)

Notes: 8:38 p.m.

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Holding Back The Years
Gretchen Parlato — The Lost and Found (Obliqsound, 2011)

Notes: 8:44 p.m.

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Love Is Blindness
Cassandra Wilson — New Moon Daughter (Blue Note, 1996)

Notes: 8:49 p.m.

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All Apologies
Herbie Hancock — The New Standard (Verve, 1996)

Notes: 8:53 p.m.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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