Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Songs of the Season: Celebrating The Arrival Of Spring

The arrival of spring is celebrated the week, with "Songs of the Season", starring Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, and many more.

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Ruth Price's "They Say It's Spring" is featured on the week's "Songs of the Season".

This week on Afterglow we continue the show’s “Songs of the Season” tradition with a program celebrating the arrival–imminent or otherwise–of the spring, starring some of the usual Afterglow suspects like Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, and many more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Spring Is Here
Frank Sinatra — Sings for Only the Lonely (Capitol, 1958)
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Spring Is Here
Frank Sinatra — Sings for Only the Lonely (Capitol, 1958)
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I Love You
Ruth Price — Ruth Price With Shelly Manne and His Men at the Manne-Hole (Contemporary, 1961)
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They Say It's Spring
Ruth Price — Ruth Price With Shelly Manne and His Men at the Manne-Hole (Contemporary, 1961)
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It Might as Well Be Spring
Margaret Whiting — Complete Capitol Hits (Collectors' Choice Music, 1945)
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Suddenly It's Spring
Stan Getz — East of the Sun: the West Coast Sessions (Verve, 1955)
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Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
Jeri Southern — Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories (EMI, 1958)
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April in Paris
Sarah Vaughan/Clifford Brown — Sarah Vaughan (EmArcy, 1954)
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Lost April (orchestral version)
Nat King Cole — Complete Capitol Trio Recordings (Mosaic, 1949)
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I'll Remember April
Clifford Brown/Max Roach — At Basin Street (EmArcy, 1956)

Notes: With Sonny Rollins on tenor sax.

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When April Comes Again
Mel Torme — Lulu's Back in Town (Bethlehem, 1956)
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Some Other Spring
Billie Holiday — Lady Sings the Blues (Verve, 1956)
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Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
The Four Freshmen — The Freshman Year (Capitol, 1960)
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There'll Be Another Spring
Dianne Reeves — Good Night and Good Luck (Concord, 2005)
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April Played the Fiddle
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — The Song Is You (RCA, 1940)
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April Give Me One More Day
Sarah Vaughan — Complete Mercury Recordings V. 2: Sings the Great A,merican Songbook (Mercury)
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It's Anybody's Spring
Woody Herman — Complete Columbia 1945-1947 (Mosaic, 1946)
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You Must Believe in Spring
Frank Morgan — You Must Believe in Spring (Polygram, 1992)
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All the Things You Are
Ella Fitzgerald — Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (Verve, 1963)
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Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
Betty Carter — Inside Betty Carter (Capitol Jazz, 1964)
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Spring Is Here
Bill Evans — Portrait in Jazz (Riverside, 1959)
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It Happens Every Spring
Four Freshmen — The Freshman Year (Capitol, 1960)
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People Who Are Born in May
Julie London — Calendar Girl (EMI/Liberty, 1956)
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April in Paris
Coleman Hawkins — Hollywood Stampede (Capitol Jazz, 1945)
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It Might as Well Be Spring
Brad Mehldau — Introducing Brad Mehldau (Warner Bros., 1995)
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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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