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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 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.

February 22, 2013


Jimmy Van Heusen

All The Way: The Jimmy Van Heusen Songbook

Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the music for numerous entries in the Great American Songbook, including "It Could Happen To You," "Come Fly With Me," and "Imagination."

February 8, 2013


Rugolo and Cole

Pete Rugolo And The Singers

Arranger Pete Rugolo worked with some of the most significant vocalists of the 1940s and 50s.

February 1, 2013


American map

States Of The Union

Afterglow takes a tour of America this week with vocal guides Bing Crosby, Anita O'Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and more.

December 20, 2012


Connick Christmas

Christmas For Moderns

This week on Afterglow we’ll usher in the holidays with music recorded during the past two decades .

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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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