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Songs of the Season: Autumn

In honor of the fall, this week on Afterglow we’ll be featuring music from Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie, Al Cobine, Dave Brubeck and more.

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Dave Brubeck's rarely-heard track, “Autumn in Our Town", is featured on his album Indian Summer.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Songs of the Season: Autumn.”

In honor of the fall we’ll be featuring music from Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie, Al Cobine, Cassandra Wilson, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and many others, including a rarely-heard Dave Brubeck track, “Autumn in Our Town.”

Music Heard On This Episode

Summer Souvenirs
Artie Shaw — Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (Hindsight, 1938)
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Summer Souvenirs
Artie Shaw — Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (Hindsight, 1938)

Notes: Live performance, with Helen Forrest on vocals.

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Now That Summer's Gone
Claude Thornhill — 1949-53 Performances (Hep, 1953)
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The Things We Did Last Summer
Frank Sinatra — The Columbia Years 1943-52 (Columbia/Legacy, 1946)
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Summer's Over
Gerry Mulligan — Comp. Concert Jazz Band (Mosaic, 1961)
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The Summer Wind
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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Tis Autumn
Nat King Cole — Best of the Nat King Cole Trio 1947-50 (Capitol, 1949)
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Autumn In Our Town
Dave Brubeck — Vocal Encounters (Columbia/Legacy, 1966)

Notes: With Ranny Sinclair on vocals.

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Autumn Nocturne
Lou Donaldson — The Blues Walk (Blue Note, 1958)
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Autumn Serenade
John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman — John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Impulse, 1963)
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You Have Lived in Autumn
Blossom Dearie — I'm Hip (Columbia/Daffodil, 1984)
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Autumn in New York
Billie Holiday — Solitude (Verve, 1952)
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Early Autumn
Duke Ellington — The Cosmic Scene (Columbia/Mosaic, 1958)
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Indian Summer
Frank Sinatra/Duke Ellington — Francis A. and Edward K. (Reprise, 1968)
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September Song
Sarah Vaughan — Sarah Vaughan (EmArcy, 1954)

Notes: With Clifford Brown on trumpet.

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September in the Rain
Bud Powell — 1945-47 (Chronological Classics, 1945)

Notes: With Freddie Webster on trumpet.

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Maybe September
Tony Bennett — The Movie Songs Album (Columbia, 1966)

Notes: From the movie THE OSCAR, in which Bennett also acted.

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When October Goes
Barry Manilow — 2:00 A.M. Paradise Cafe (Arista, 1984)

Notes: Lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

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October in the Air
Al Cobine — Al Cobine Plays Songs of Yesterday & Today
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This October
Four Freshmen — Comp. 1950s Capitol Recordings (Mosaic, 1959)

Notes: Also on the CD THE FOUR FRESHMEN & FIVE GUITARS.

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November Twilight
Julie London — Calendar Girl (Liberty, 1956)
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Shine On Harvest Moon
Rosemary Clooney — Rosie Solves the Swingin' Riddle! (RCA/Bluebird, 1960)
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Moonsong
Art Tatum/Roy Eldridge — Group Masterpieces V. 2 (Pablo, 1955)
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Harvest Moon
Cassandra Wilson — New Moon Daughter (Blue Note, 1995)

Notes: Neil Young song.

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Autumn Leaves
Cannonball Adderley/Miles Davis — Somethin' Else (Blue Note, 1958)
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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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