In the 1940s and 50s, the Stan Kenton Orchestra became equally known for their brash arrangements and cool singers, like Anita O'Day and June Christy.
Yip Harburg was a lyricist who grew up poor on the Lower East Side of New York City to write about rainbows, paper moons, Aprils in Paris, and much more.
We'll go uptown, downtown and crosstown this week on Afterglow with top-drawer performers of American popular song.
Jazz singer and pianist Andy Bey is enjoying a late period of renewed appreciation in a long and sometimes-submerged career.
An 80th-birthday tribute to the singer critic Larry Kart once described as “a dominating vocal presence whose music is full of hard-earned wisdom and truth.”
This week on Afterglow we feature The Erteguns’ New York: New York Cabaret Music, which chronicles the cabaret jazz singers in 1940s and 50s Manhattan.
This week on Afterglow recent reissues from EMI's "Great Jazz Vocal Collection" series are featured, as well as a set of music devoted to Elliott Smith.
This week on Afterglow we note the passing of a legendary jazz vocalist, Anita O’Day, who scored a smash hit with the song “Let Me Off Uptown”.
Madeleine Peyroux casts the same warm, jazz-chanteuse spell with her vocals on her new CD, Half the Perfect World.