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Interested in carrying the four-part “Jazz Crossroads of America” series? Contact our Syndication Manager LuAnn Johnson at WFIUftp@indiana.edu or by phone at 812-855-2019.

And if you’re interested in “Jazz Crossroads of America,” you might also be interest in the WFIU program that spawned the idea, Night Lights.  We offer Night Lights as a one-hour syndicated weekly program, focusing on jazz from the 1945-1990 era—a timespan that, as host David Brent Johnson notes, “weirdly parallels Miles Davis on record and the Cold War.”

Stories From This Series

September 30, 2012

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A National Road Of Song: Indiana Singing Groups And Songwriters

How Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael helped write the Great American Songbook, and how two Indiana vocal groups helped influence the sound of modern pop.

September 27, 2012

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Indiana Avenue: Black Boulevard Of Jazz

Exploring the lost world of 20th century Indianapolis jazz and the ways in which its musical influence continues to reverberate throughout today's jazz scene.

September 17, 2012

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The Road To Stardust:Hoagy Carmichael And Bix Beiderbecke In 1924

How a college-town springtime in the Jazz Age Midwest paved the way for two legends in the making.

September 13, 2012

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Gennett Days: Hot Jazz From The Heartland

In the 1920s hot jazz swept Indiana's campuses—and a Richmond record label introduced the world to Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Hoagy Carmichael.

August 29, 2012

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Jazz Crossroads Of America: Indiana’s Musical Legacy

From ragtime to the rise of jazz education, the state of Indiana played a significant part in shaping the sound of modern jazz.

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This Week On Afterglow

Where The Rainbow Hits The Ground: Hoagy Carmichael In Hollywood

Still photo of Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall in the 1944 film TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.

Hoagy Carmichael was already a successful songwriter when he moved to Hollywood in 1936, but it was the movies that made him a familiar face to millions.

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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