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Songs of the Season: Autumn

This week on Afterglow it’s our annual songs-of-the-season ode to autumn with many classic performers of jazz and American popular song.

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Fall trees in Brown County by a lake

Photo: Flickr: Serge_Melki

We’ll also feature the rarely-heard 1950 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Brown County in Autumn,” an extended musical work that the Hoosier songwriter penned in tribute to the southern Indiana artists’ colony.

This week on Afterglow it’s our annual songs-of-the-season ode to autumn, with music for the fall from Blossom Dearie, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Nat King Cole, Julie London, and many other classic performers of jazz and American popular song.

We’ll also feature the rarely-heard 1950 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Brown County in Autumn,” an extended musical work that the Hoosier songwriter penned in tribute to the southern Indiana artists’ colony. (Special thanks to the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University for use of this recording.)

Other Indiana artists heard on the program include Terre Haute’s Claude Thornhill and Bloomington’s Al Cobine.

Music Heard On This Episode

Early Autumn
Stan Getz — Cool Velvet (Verve, 1960)
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Early Autumn
Stan Getz — Cool Velvet (Verve, 1960)
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Now That Summer Is Gone
Mildred Bailey — Complete Columbia Recordings (Mosaic, 1936)

Notes: With Red Norvo's orchestra.

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Now That Summer's Gone
Claude Thornhill — 1949-1953 Performances (Hep, 1953)
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September of My Years
Frank Sinatra — September of My Years (Reprise, 1965)
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One September Day
Nina Simone — Four Women: the Philips Recordings (Verve)
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September Song
Nat King Cole — L-O-V-E: Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-64 (Bear Family)
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Don't Wait Too Long
Blossom Dearie — May I Come In? (Capitol Jazz, 1964)
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Autumn Serenade
John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman — John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Impulse, 1963)
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Autumn Leaves
Bill Evans — Portrait in Jazz (Riverside, 1959)
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Autumn in Our Town (vocal)
Dave Brubeck — Vocal Encounters (Columbia/Legacy, 1966)

Notes: Ranny Sinclair on vocals.

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'Tis Autumn
Nat King Cole — Vocal Classics 1947-1950 (Capitol, 1949)
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Brown County in Autumn
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra — Archives of Traditional Music

Notes: Live performance of Hoagy Carmichael's composition at Carnegie Hall in 1950.

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Autumn in Our Town (instrumental)
Dave Brubeck — Indian Summer (TelArc, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Autumn in New York
Sarah Vaughan — Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury V. 2 (Mercury)
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Autumn Nocturne
Claude Thornhill — Autumn Nocturne (Hep, 1941)
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You Have Lived in Autumn
Blossom Dearie — I'm Hip (Daffodil, 1984)
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October in the Air
Al Cobine — Plays Songs of Yesterday and Today

Notes: Al Cobine composition.

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Early Autumn
Billy Eckstine — Everything I Have Is Yours: Best of the MGM Years (Verve, 1952)
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Seasons
Jaki Byard — Solo/Strings (Prestige, 1969)
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Indian Summer
Frank Sinatra/Duke Ellington — Francis A. and Edward K. (Reprise, 1968)
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This October
Julie London — Calendar Girl (Liberty, 1956)
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November Twilight
Julie London — Calendar Girl (Liberty, 1956)
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November Girl
Carmen McRae/Clarke-Boland Big Band — November Girl (Rearward, 1970)
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Autumn Leaves
Cannonball Adderley/Miles Davis — Somethin' Else (Blue Note, 1958)
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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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