Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Street of Dreams

Musical reveries from the masters of American popular song.

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Dreaming up some songs this week on Afterglow.

dream sheet musicThe dream’s the theme on this edition of Afterglow, as “Street of Dreams” takes a look at popular songs that evoke an ethereal drift of mind, with music from Bing Crosby, Chet Baker, Lee Wiley, Nat King Cole, Dianne Reeves, Frank Sinatra, and many more, including a full set of dream-related songs written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Music Heard On This Episode

Deep in a Dream
Chet Baker — Deep in a Dream (Pacific Jazz, 2002)
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Deep in a Dream
Chet Baker — Deep in a Dream (Pacific Jazz, 2002)
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If Dreams Come True
Billie Holiday — Lady Day: Complete Columbia Recordings (Sony , 2001)
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I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
Bing Crosby — His Legendary Years 1931-1957 (MCA, 1993)
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Moon Dreams
Glenn Miller AAF — Army Air Force Band (RCA Bluebird, 2001)
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My Reverie
Tony Bennett — Cloud 7 (Sony, 2004)
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If You Are But a Dream
Frank Sinatra — Best of the Columbia Years (Sony, 1998)
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I Guess I'll Have to Dream the Rest
Frank Sinatra — Best of the Columbia Years (Sony, 1998)
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Dream of You
Helen Merrill — Dream Of You (Polygram, 1992)
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Darn That Dream
Dinah Washington — Dinah Jams (Polygram, 1954)
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This Time the Dream's On Me
Chet Baker — Deep in a Dream (Pacific Jazz, 2002)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Daydream
Dianne Reeves — Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life (Blue Note, 2007)
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It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream
Duke Ellington/Al Hibbler — Happy Go Lucky Local (Discovery/WEA, 1993)
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Azure
Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington — Day Dream: Best of the Duke Ellington Songbook (Polygram, 1995)
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You Stepped Out of a Dream
Ran Blake/Jeanne Lee — You Stepped Out of a Cloud (Rhino/WEA, 1991)
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When I Grow Too Old to Dream
Nat King Cole — After Midnight (Blue Note/Capitol, 1999)

Notes: With Stuff Smith on violin.

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Street of Dreams
Lee Wiley — Complete Fifties Studio Masters (Jazz Factory, 2000)
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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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