Arranger Marty Paich helped define the West Coast cool jazz sound in the 1950s and 1960s, working with Mel Tormé, Anita O'Day, and Chet Baker.
Gerald Wilson’s arrangements were always harmonically interesting and punchy, and vocalists loved to work with him.
Celebrating the legendary singers of American popular song.
New music this week from Cassandra Wilson, Freddy Cole, and more.
Soul singers Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight and James Brown give us their takes on the Great American Songbook.
Gordon Jenkins was renowned as an arranger, but he also wrote some hit songs. We'll hear them done by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and more.
Hank Williams may be the king of country music, but pop, jazz and R&B performers have seized upon a number of his songs over the past few decades.
Trumpeter Enrico Rava and pianist Stefano Bollani's latest release The Third Man is featured this week on Afterglow.
A 75th-birthday tribute to saxophonist David Fathead Newman, featuring recordings with Ray Charles and Newman's covers of The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.