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Songs of the Season: Summer, Part 1

Afterglow continues a long tradition with music heralding the arrival of summer.

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Louis Armstrong's "Summertime" is featured on this week's edition of Afterglow, greeting the arrival of June.

Continuing Afterglow founder Dick Bishop’s long-running tradition, we greet the arrival of June with music from Helen Merrill, Irene Kral, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Astrud Gilberto, and much more–ushering in the warm weather with cool sounds from Woody Herman, Stan Getz, and Antonio Carlos Jobim as well.

Music Heard On This Episode

Summertime
Helen Merrill/Gil Evans — Collaboration (Polygram, 1988)
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Summertime
Helen Merrill/Gil Evans — Collaboration (Polygram, 1988)
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June Comes Around Every Year
Woody Herman — Complete Columbia Recordings (Mosaic, 2004)
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June Is Bustin' Out All Over
A.K. Salim — Jazz Is Busting Out All Over (Savoy, 1994)
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Memphis in June
Irene Kral — The Band and I (Blue Note, 2006)
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June
Barney Bigard/Duke Ellington — Centennial Edition (RCA Victor, 1999)
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Once Upon a Summertime
Mark Murphy — Love Is What Stays (Verve, 2007)
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Summer Day
Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau — Metheny/Mehldau (Nonesuch, 2006)
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When It's Summer
Nat King Cole — L-O-V-E: the Complete Capitol Recordings 1960-64 (Bear Family, 2006)
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Desafinado
Antonio Carlos Jobim — The Man From Ipanema (Polygram, 1995)
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Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
Stan Getz — Getz/Gilberto (Polygram, 1997)
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Jazz Samba
Antonio Carlos Jobim — The Composer of Desafinado Plays (Polygram, 1997)
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Summer Song
Louis Armstrong — Vocal Encounters (Sony, 2001)
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Downtown
Shirley Scott — Talkin' Verve (Verve, 2001)
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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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