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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

September 17, 2013

 

Ringo Starr standards album

The Beatles Sing The Standards

George Harrison sings Hoagy Carmichael, Paul McCartney performs Irving Berlin, Ringo Starr taps the Johnny Mercer songbook, and more.

September 13, 2013

 

Dorsey Pied Pipers

The Big Bands’ Vocal Groups

At the height of the swing era many big bands included small singing ensembles in their performances and recordings.

August 12, 2013

 

Frank Sinatra Axel Stordahl

Sinatra + Stordahl

Singer Frank Sinatra and arranger Axel Stordahl teamed up for some of the most influential ballad recordings of mid-20th-century American popular song.

July 14, 2013

 

Sunday Kind of Love

What’s New: June 2013

Recent releases from singers Madeleine Peyroux and Barbara Morrison, saxophonists Joshua Redman and Eric Alexander, and a surprise cover from a 1980s teen icon.

July 14, 2013

 

Cahn songwriter

It’s Magic: Afterglow Plays Sammy Cahn, Volume One

Sammy Cahn came out of New York City’s Lower Eastside to provide the lyrics for some of America’s best-known standards.

May 31, 2013

 

The LP cover for Stan Getz and Jimmy Rowles' THE PEACOCKS.

Stan Getz And Jimmy Rowles’ “The Peacocks”

Highlighting a 1970s masterpiece from two jazz veterans.

May 24, 2013

 

Woody Herman

A City Of Song

Helen Forrest's ode to Cincinnati, Nina Simone's lament for Baltimore, and much more.

May 3, 2013

 

Cole Porter songbook

Afterglow Plays Cole Porter

Johnny Hartman, Blossom Dearie, Dean Martin and others help us pay tribute to the Indiana songwriter.

April 5, 2013

 

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson’s Closer To You: The Pop Side

Building the modern pop-rock American songbook: Cassandra Wilson sings the Monkees, Neil Young, and more.

March 4, 2013

 

New popular song vocals

What’s New: February 2013

The latest from some established and up-and-coming performers of modern popular song.

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