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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

December 18, 2012

 

Last Balladeer

Johnny Hartman

Hartman is one of the great icons of romantic vocal jazz.

December 14, 2012

 

Afterglow Love Lost and Found Again

What’s New: December 2012

Afterglow surveys another round of new and recent releases.

November 16, 2012

 

Dean Martin

Dream With Dean: Dean Martin’s Fireside-Martini Album

In 1964 Dean Martin recorded a laidback martini-at-the-fireside album that included the original version of a song that would soon become his signature tune.

November 9, 2012

 

Kay Starr `1940s

Kay Starr: Jazz Singer

Kay Starr is best-known for her 1950s pop-novelty hits “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Rock and Roll Waltz,” but her roots were in the swing era of the 1940s.

October 31, 2012

 

Live piano jazz 1968

What’s New: October 2012

New and recent releases from Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Curtis Stigers, and a never-before-issued 1968 nightclub recording of pianist Bill Evans.

July 13, 2012

 

Sue Raney

In Good Company: Sue Raney

Singer Raney's 1992 CD and tribute sets to arranger Russ Garcia and drummer Paul Motian, featuring Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Mel Torme, and Bill Evans.

June 22, 2012

 

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

The Lennon-McCartney Songbook

In the 1960s the Beatles' primary songwriters rocked the world of jazz and popular song. Decades later, Beatles songs themselves have become standards.

May 2, 2012

 

Jazz to Soul

Early Aretha Franklin And More

Exploring Aretha Franklin's roots this week on Afterglow.

May 1, 2012

 

Kat Edmundson

What’s New: April 2012

This week's show highlights a CD of standards by one of the world’s most popular pop-rock artists and a sophomore outing from a young Austin, Texas singer.

April 24, 2012

 

Paul SImon

The Sound of Simon: The Paul Simon Songbook

Paul Simon has written some of the past 50 years’ most memorable hits, such as “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and The Sound of Silence."

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