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Put Down The Horn: Jazz’s Unlikely Singers

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


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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.

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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.

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