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July 24, 2015


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Count Basie and the Singers

This week, our spotlight is on just a few of the many singers who sang with Count Basie, including Jimmy Rushing, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, and more.

July 8, 2014


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Mr. B: The Billy Eckstine Story

Billy Eckstine was a cultural pioneer who became one of the first black male solo singers to find success singing love songs.

October 28, 2013


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Dedicated To You

Popular song, more often than not, is about love—love won, love lost, love in doubt. This week we feature songs about the fulfillment of longed-for love.

August 12, 2013


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Sinatra + Stordahl

Singer Frank Sinatra and arranger Axel Stordahl teamed up for some of the most influential ballad recordings of mid-20th-century American popular song.

February 8, 2013


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Pete Rugolo And The Singers

Arranger Pete Rugolo worked with some of the most significant vocalists of the 1940s and 50s.

April 9, 2010


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Songs of the Season: Spring

Afterglow bursts into early-April bloom this week with odes to the spring both happy and sad from Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller and more.

August 28, 2009


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Lester Young And The Singers

A centennial celebration of the tenor saxophonist featuring his recordings with Billie Holiday and other vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Rushing.

June 26, 2009


1960 Billy Eckstine

Billy Eckstine: The Roulette Years

Billy Eckstine made three stellar LPs for Roulette-a standards outing with Billy May, a blues excursion with Count Basie, and a knockout live Las Vegas concert.

May 1, 2009


Shirley Horn You're My Thrill Album Cover

Shirley Horn at Monterey Jazz Festival

On this edition of Afterglow, we'll highlight a performance by pianist and singer Shirley Horn at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1994.

April 24, 2009


Keeps On Rainin'

Keeps On Rainin’: Songs That Invoke The Rain

This week on Afterglow: Songs that use rain as inspiration for romance, including selections from Billie Holiday, The Four Freshmen, Frank Sinatra, and more.

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First Fusion: Jazz-Rock Before Bitches Brew

cover for the Free Spirits' Out Of Sight And Sound LP

In the late 1960s, young musicians such as The Free Spirits, the Fourth Way, and other now-forgotten fusioneers made the first attempts to blend jazz with rock.

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