At the height of the swing era many big bands included small singing ensembles in their performances and recordings.
Afterglow takes a tour of America this week with vocal guides Bing Crosby, Anita O'Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and more.
In 1949 Nat King Cole took his popular trio and a bongo player into Carnegie Hall for a swinging concert of hits and bop and Latin-influenced tunes.
A tribute to bandleader Artie Shaw highlighting the records he made with vocalists, including Helen Forrest, Billie Holiday, and Mel Torme.
Billie Holiday's discography doesn't reflect the breadth of her big-band experience. "Swing It, Lady, Swing" features nearly all of her big-band recordings.
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature music from a prolific and rewarding period for Nat King Cole, when he produced seven albums.