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Round Midnight: Songs For The Evening

"You And The Night And The Music," "Night And Day," "Midnight Sun," and more songs for nighttime people on this episode of Afterglow.

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Frank Sinatra's 1955 Capitol recording "In The Wee Small Hours" is a classic album about loneliness, nightlife, and lost love—themes that show up again and again in jazz's nighttime songs.

Jazz and nighttime have always gone hand-in-hand. You can argue that the best jazz is made at night. After all, both can be full of mystery, longing, and solitude. On this episode of Afterglow, I walk you through some of the finest nighttime songs from the Great American Songbook, including “Round Midnight,” “In The Wee Small Hours,” “All Through The Night,” “You And The Night And The Music,” and “In The Still Of The Night,” sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, June Christy, Julie London, and more.

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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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