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July 4, 2008


Uproar Over Jazz Singer Rene Marie’s Take on the National Anthem

Jazz vocalist Rene Marie recently sang the melody of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with lyrics from "the black national anthem."

April 5, 2008


Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite

Rifftides blogger and jazz eminence Doug Ramsey hipped readers several days ago to a Sunday, April 6 broadcast of Benny Carter’s rarely-heard “Kansas City Suite.” It’s at 1 p.m. PDT on

March 3, 2008



Look What I Got: Betty Carter

One of the most expressive and original singers to come out of the post-World War II era, Betty Carter thrilled audiences with her daring vocal improvisations.

March 1, 2008


Hadda Brooks

Cats Who Swing And Sing: Women Singer-Pianists Of The 40s And 50s

Performers who mixed boogie, swing, ballads and blues with sly, suggestive lyrics brought out deeper nuance than their risque hits sometimes seemed to suggest.

January 2, 2008


“Jazz Impressions of Show Boat” Part 2

guitar choir Show BoatMore from last Friday evening’s Afterglow program devoted to jazz and jazz-vocal recordings of the songs from Show Boat. Hour 2 features several very different versions of “Ol’ Man River,” including a contemporaneous …

January 2, 2008


“Jazz Impressions of Show Boat” Part 1

Kenny Dorham Show BoatLast Friday evening’s Afterglow program, featuring jazz and jazz-vocal interpretations of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s songs for the musical Show Boat, is now available for online listening…

November 19, 2007


Dick and Kiz Harp

Dick and Kiz Harp: Down at the 90th Floor

The story of a husband-and-wife jazz duo who ran and performed in a Texas nightclub in the late 1950s. The two LPs they recorded have won them a cult following.

November 9, 2007


Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress

We'll hear an interview with Oscar Brown Jr, a pioneer of early 1960s vocal jazz.

July 15, 2007


Betty Roche Singin' and Swingin'

When Betty Met The Duke: Betty Roche

"Betty Roche was an unforgettable singer," Duke Ellington wrote of his former vocalist in 1973. "She never sounded like anybody but Betty Roche."

June 23, 2007


Perfectly Frank: Sinatra’s Small-Group Jazz Recordings

SinatraIt was a longstanding disappointment with Frank Sinatra’s fans that he didn’t do more small-group jazz recordings. This week on Night Lights we present some of the ones that he did do, including…

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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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