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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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  • Michael Egnatz

    Dear David Brent Johnson:
    i am an IU Bloomington alumnus 62-67 undergrad., 72-74 Grad Business. Am a poet and writer. Am Doing some work abou; Indiana, IU and Hoagy Carmichael. Could you please send me the “Brown County in Autumn” file and/or link.
    I also have imagined another project / piece. ” Northwest Indiana Symphony-Sounds of Steel and Movement” Could be a Jazz piece perhaps with lyrics. I grew up in Hammond and had businesses in NWI and Chicagoland. While attending IU as an undergrad I had summer jobs in the steel mills of Gary and East Chicago. The sounds and power of them along wth RailRoad sounds; bells and whistles, switching, coupling and un coupeling, crossing signal sounds, ore Boats, Sea gulls, birds, waves on beaches winds in the dune grasses. I am currently living in and traveling in my Elkhart built Sterling motor coach “SERENDIPITY”. While in Hammond Recently and while growing up these sounds are part of the fabric and feel of the Calumet Region.
    Am planning on spending 2-3 weeks in Bloomington, Indianapolis my birthplace, and Southern Indiana my mother’s birthplace and family home. My Grandparents farmed in Versailles and are buried on a hill between where their old barn was and behind the Tanglewood Baptist Church.
    Keep up the good work at WFIU. I love Harmonieum although do not listen to it all that often.
    Would reccomend these stations to you:
    WNMC 90.7 Northwestern Michigan Community College “Small Town Station, World Class Radio
    http://www.wnmc.org
    Nick Spitzer American Routes Syndicated out of New Orleans: http://americanroutes.wwno.org
    CEU Medieval Radio Brings Past to Life Budapest
    http://www.ceu.edu

    Thank You for your help.
    My Best,
    Michael Egnatz
    egnatzm@yahoo.com
    219 405 2028

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