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Johnny Hartman

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

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Last Balladeer

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Hartman is the subject of a new biography by Gregg Akkerman, who joins Afterglow this week to discuss the singer's life and music.

Singer Johnny Hartman, whose voice was steeped in low-lights intimacy, is best known for his 1963 collaboration with saxophonist John Coltrane, and for the use of his recordings in the romantic 1995 movie The Bridges Of Madison County. This week on Afterglow Gregg Akkerman, author of the new Hartman biography The Last Balladeer, joins the program to help us delve more deeply into Hartman’s career on record. We’ll hear a rare broadcast of Hartman with Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in 1948, some little-known 78s that Hartman recorded in the early 1950s, and some of the recordings that Hartman made after his classic encounter with Coltrane.

Watch Johnny Hartman performing on television with Loonis McGlohon’s trio:

Johnny Hartman on TV

Music Heard On This Episode

I'm Glad There Is You
Johnny Hartman — Songs From The Heart (Rhino/WEA, 2000)
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I'm Glad There Is You
Johnny Hartman — Songs From The Heart (Rhino/WEA, 2000)
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The More I See You
Johnny Hartman — The Voice That Is! (GRP, 1994)
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But Beautiful
Dizzy Gillespie — Radio broadcast
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Nightingale
Johnny Hartman — 78 (Apollo, 1950)
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Lemme Go
Johnny Hartman — 78 (RCA, 1951)
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What Is There To Say?
Johnny Hartman — Songs From The Heart (Rhino/WEA, 1994)
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I Thought About You
Johnny Hartman — I Thought About You (Blue Note, 1997)
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All Of Me (midpoint music bed)
Johnny Hartman — All Of Me (Rhino, 2000)
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Lush Life
John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman — John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (GRP, 1995)
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Stairway To The Stars
Johnny Hartman — I Just Dropped By To Say Hello (Verve, 2007)
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On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
Johnny Hartman — Collection: 1947-72 (Hip-O, 1998)
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I See Your Face Before Me
Johnny Hartman — The Bridges Of Madison County (Warner, 1995)
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Unforgettable
Johnny Hartman — Unforgettable (GRP/Impulse, 1995)
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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.

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