We continue our Billie Holiday centennial celebration by looking at her work fronting big bands, including those of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw.
At the height of the swing era there was one singer who starred with three of the biggest of the big bands—Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James.
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.
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature music from a prolific and rewarding period for Nat King Cole, when he produced seven albums.