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.
At the height of the swing era many big bands included small singing ensembles in their performances and recordings.
Christmas is celebrated with music from Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Stan Kenton, Dianne Reeves, and many more
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature one of the more swinging Stan Kenton units, his 1956 “Contemporary Concepts” orchestra.
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 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”.