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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.

Recent posts by David Brent

February 19, 2014

 

Photo of LP cover for Matt Dennis Plays and Sings Matt Dennis.

Angel Eyes: The Matt Dennis Songbook

A centennial celebration of the composer who gave us "Everything Happens To Me," "Violets For Your Furs," and other songs that ranged from wistful to winsome.

February 17, 2014

 

photo of the vinyl sleeve for New Order's single

Afterglow Plays The Modern Pop-Rock Songbook

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

January 10, 2014

 

Still photo of Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall in the 1944 film TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.

Where The Rainbow Hits The Ground: Hoagy Carmichael In Hollywood

Hoagy Carmichael was already a successful songwriter when he moved to Hollywood in 1936, but it was the movies that made him a familiar face to millions.

December 13, 2013

 

rene marie's tribute to eartha kitt

What’s New: November 2013

Rene Marie pays tribute to Eartha Kitt, Houston Person revisits some sides associated with Louis Armstrong, and more.

November 26, 2013

 

cover image of Frank Sinatra's She Shot Me Down LP

The Last Saloon: Frank Sinatra’s She Shot Me Down

In 1981 Frank Sinatra called on the talents of several longtime collaborators and friends to produce what some consider to be the singer's final masterpiece.

November 11, 2013

 

Singer Johnny Desmond and saxophonist Tex Beneke on the cover of a February 1946 issue of DownBeat Magazine.

A Soldier And A Song: Johnny Desmond In The 1940s

Known as "the GI Sinatra," Johnny Desmond won a wide following in the World War II years as the singer for Glenn Miller's military orchestra.

October 28, 2013

 

Sheet music for the song

Dedicated To You

Popular song, more often than not, is about love—love won, love lost, love in doubt. This week we feature songs about the fulfillment of longed-for love.

October 23, 2013

 

Al Cobine standing with saxophone in front of vintage car

Can’t Get Indiana Off My Mind: the Al Cobine Story

Johnny Mathis, David Baker, Marian Cobine and others join this tribute to the life and music of Indiana jazz legend Al Cobine.

October 16, 2013

 

Tierney Sutton's Joni Mitchell tribute After Blue

What’s New: September 2013

Singer Gregory Porter's debut on Blue Note Records, tributes to the music of Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis, and more.

September 24, 2013

 

Herb Jeffries singing with the Duke Ellington orchestra

Herb Jeffries At 100

Celebrating the centennial of the singer, actor, and last surviving member of Duke Ellington's early-1940s big band.

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