Give Now

Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Put Down The Horn: Jazz’s Unlikely Singers

The part-time jazz vocalists, including trumpeter Chet Baker, drummer Buddy Rich, and clarinetist Benny Goodman.

playsandsings

Photo: Album Covers

Drummer Buddy Rich, trumpeter Chet Baker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and pianist Oscar Peterson were some of jazz's best players—but also sang part-time.

On this episode of Afterglow, I highlight the jazz musicians who made their living playing horn, piano, or drums, but who could also sing when the occasion called for it. It’s a look at jazz’s part-time, unlikely singers, including Chet Baker, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Kenny Burrell, Tex Beneke, Woody Herman, and Clark Terry.

Music Heard On This Episode

Loading...
Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

View all posts by this author »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Afterglow:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Afterglow

About The Host

Search Afterglow

This Week On Night Lights

After The All-Stars: Live At The Lighthouse 1960-1972

Cover of Lee Morgan's Live at the Lighthouse album.

In the 1960s a beacon of West Coast jazz became a destination for hardbop and soul-jazz acts.

Read more »

Night Lights is WFIU's weekly program of classic jazz hosted by David Brent Johnson.

More from Night Lights »