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November 27, 2015


strayhorn gottlieb

The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, would have turned 100 on November 29th.

September 24, 2015


Dinah Washington-September in the Rain

Songs of the Season: Autumn 2015

Afterglow's salute to falling leaves and pumpkin spice with the best autumn songs from the Great American Songbook.

September 11, 2015



Starry Eyed: Stars in the Great American Songbook

We're exploring the best "Stardust Melodies" from the Great American Songbook.

April 24, 2015


Peggy Lee Black Coffee

I Get a Kick: Vices in Popular Song

On this show, we explore the times when songwriters wrote about their vices: drinking, smoking, or even chewing gum.

April 10, 2015


Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Leonard Feather

Billie Holiday and the Big Bands

A spotlight on Lady Day's time fronting big bands, including those of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw.

September 24, 2013


Herb Jeffries singing with the Duke Ellington orchestra

Herb Jeffries At 100

Celebrating the centennial of the singer, actor, and last surviving member of Duke Ellington's early-1940s big band.

June 22, 2012


John Lennon and Paul McCartney

The Lennon-McCartney Songbook

In the 1960s the Beatles' primary songwriters rocked the world of jazz and popular song. Decades later, Beatles songs themselves have become standards.

February 8, 2011


Al Hibbler

Just a Lucky So-and-So: Al Hibbler and Duke Ellington in the 1940s

Al Hibbler's dramatic, blues-haunted style was one of the signature sounds of Duke Ellington's great 1940s big bands.

January 1, 2010


Ben Webster's Stormy Weather Album Cover

Big Ben: A Ben Webster Centennial Tribute

A tribute to Ben Webster, a tenor saxophonist who had one of the warmest, most identifiable sounds of any 20th-century jazz musician.

October 30, 2009


Foggy moonlight with tree branches

A Dark and Lonely Night: Haunted Love Songs For Halloween

A different take on haunted music for Halloween, with evening laments and anguished odes to lost and longed-for love from Julie London, Duke Ellington and more.

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