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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

July 8, 2014


Photo of singer Billy Eckstine

Mr. B: The Billy Eckstine Story

Billy Eckstine was a cultural pioneer who became one of the first black male solo singers to find success singing love songs.

June 29, 2014


Singer Norma Winstone's new CD Dance Without Answer

What’s New: June 2014

New and recent releases from Catherine Russell, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra with singer Ernie Andrews, Norma Winstone, and more.

May 2, 2014


The cover to Ella Fitzgerald's 1957 album LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE.

Like Someone In Love: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald's lush 1957 ballads album has often been overshadowed by her songbook LPs from the same era.

April 4, 2014


The cover for Cecile McLorin Salvant's CD WomanChild.

What’s New: March 2014

New and recent releases from Dianne Reeves, Jane Ira Bloom, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and more.

March 29, 2014


The cover for a recent reissue of Sarah Vaughan's recordings of the music of Duke Ellington.

Late Sarah, Early Fred: Sarah Vaughan and Fred Astaire

New anthologies from two legendary performers of American popular song.

March 21, 2014


the cover of Mark Murphy's LP BRIDGING A GAP.

Mark Murphy: The Muse Years

In the early 1970s singer Mark Murphy returned from Europe and began a 20-year run of some of the most artistically successful records of his career.

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.

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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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