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Songs of the Season: Summer

We pay tribute to the arrival of warm weather with music from Nat King Cole, June Christy, Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, George Benson and more.

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A program tradition this week on Afterglow.

Songs about June, three pairs of performances (from Louis Armstrong, June Christy, and Nat King Cole), and a couple of 1970s recordings from saxophonist Art Pepper and guitarist George Benson that feature, respectively, an old summer standard and a then-new summer standard make up this year’s “Songs of the Season: Summer” edition. We’ll also hear singer Janiece Jaffe performing Italian songwriter Bruno Martino and Bruno Brighetti’s “In Summer” (or “Estate”).

Watch Ella Fitzgerald sing “Summertime” in concert:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j6avX7ebkM

Music Heard On This Episode

In Summer
Janiece Jaffe — Heart's Desire (Janiece Jaffe, 2002)
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In Summer
Janiece Jaffe — Heart's Desire (Janiece Jaffe, 2002)
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Memphis in June
Hoagy Carmichael — Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Blue Note, 2000)
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June Comes Around Every Year
Woody Herman — Complete Columbia Recordings 1945-47 (Mosaic Records, 2004)
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June Is Bustin' Out All Over
Benny Carter — Aspects (Blue Note, 1996)
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Interlude
June Christy — Gone For the Day/Fair and Warmer (Blue Note, 1998)
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Lost in a Summer Night
June Christy — Gone For the Day/Fair and Warmer (Blue Note, 1998)
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Once Upon a Summertime (midpoint music bed)
Chet Baker — Once Upon a Summertime (OJC, 1991)
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Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer
Nat King Cole — Nat King Cole Sings, George Shearing Plays (Blue Note, 2000)
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That Sunday, That Summer
Nat King Cole — Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer (Collector's Choice, 2008)
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Gone Fishin'
Louis Armstrong/Bing Crosby — Bing: His Legendary Years 1931-1957 (MCA, 1993)
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Summer Song
Louis Armstrong/Dave Brubeck — Vocal Encounters (Sony, 2001)
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Summertime
George Benson — In Concert-Carnegie Hall (Mosaic Contemporary, 2007)
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The Summer Knows
Art Pepper — The Trip (OJC, 1991)
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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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