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May 19, 2023



The Rat Pack: Dean Martin

This week and next, we’ll celebrate two of the members of the so-called “Rat Pack.” This week, a close look at the life and music of “The King Of Cool” Dean Martin, and his songs like “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head.”


May 12, 2023


Ella Fitzgerald's "Songs In A Mellow Mood"

Ellis Larkins and the Singers

This week, we explore the delicate touch and effortless swing of pianist Ellis Larkins, in honor of his centenary, and his work with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly Kenney, and Chris Connor.


May 5, 2023


Irving Berlin "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

Irving Berlin at the Movies

The songs of Irving Berlin were featured in some of Hollywood’s first “Talkies,” and this week, we’ll explore the songwriter’s work in cinema, including songs like “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” and “Cheek To Cheek”


April 28, 2023


Put Your Dreams Away

Dream A Little Dream

We’re counting sheep with the Great American Songbook this week, as we explore standards all about dreaming, including “This Time The Dream’s On Me,” “You Stepped Out Of A Dream,” and many more dreamy tunes.


April 21, 2023


Songs of 1923 Sheet Music

The Songs of 1923

100 Years Ago, America was in love with the blues and the Charleston. But what songs from that year stuck around over the century? This week, we’ll turn back the clock 100 years to hear some songs of 1923, like “I Cried For You” and “Tin Roof Blues.”


April 14, 2023


Unlikely Singers

Put Down The Horn: Jazz's Unlikely Singers

Exploring the work of some "part-time" jazz vocalists, like trumpeter Chet Baker, drummer Buddy Rich, and clarinetist Benny Goodman.


April 7, 2023


Burt Bacharach 1975

What The World Needs Now: The Burt Bacharach Songbook

This week, we pay tribute to the great American songwriter Burt Bacharach, who brought style and sophistication to pop music in the 1960s. Bacharach passed away in February at age 94.

March 31, 2023


Sam Cooke, Tributes To The Lady

Tributes To The Lady

Billie Holiday’s emotionally-charged singing style changed jazz vocals, and influenced nearly every singer that followed in her wake. This week on Afterglow, we examine the times other artists paid tribute to Lady Day.

March 24, 2023



Billie Holiday in the 1940s

This week, we’re taking a deep dive into the recordings of the great Billie Holiday from the 1940s. We’ll hear her work for the Commodore and Decca labels, including signature songs like “Solitude” and “I Cover The Waterfront.”

March 17, 2023


Ella Fitzgerald Lullabies of Birdland

Ella Fitzgerald On Decca

The early years of Ella Fitzgerald, as she established herself as one of the greatest big band vocalists and jazz singers of all time.

March 12, 2023


Carol Sloane - Love You Madly

The Song Styling of Carol Sloane

We pay tribute to the late jazz singer Carol Sloane, who passed away in January. I’ll chronicle career interpreting the American songbook, from her first recordings in the 1960s through her late career Renaissance that stretched into the 21st century.

March 3, 2023


Joni at 75

The Joni Mitchell Jazz Songbook

Joni Mitchell was named the 2023 recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. This week, we’ll pay tribute to Mitchell, by hearing her songs performed by jazz singers like Tierney Sutton, Dianne Reeves, and many more.

February 24, 2023


Nina Simone Carnegie Hall

Live Nina!

We feature Nina Simone, the "High Priestess of Soul," in her most natural element: live on stage at venues like Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and the Newport Jazz Festival.

February 17, 2023


Billy Eckstine 1946

Mr. B: The Great Billy Eckstine

Exploring the life and career of “Mr. B” Billy Eckstine, a singer and bandleader who broke boundaries as a black icon in a segregated world.

February 10, 2023


Feinstein, "Isn't It Romantic"

Isn't It Romantic?

For Valentine’s Day, we’re exploring romance in the Great American Songbook, including songs like “Isn’t It Romantic,” “A Fine Romance,” and “This Is Romance.”

February 3, 2023



The Underrated Lorez Alexandria and Ethel Ennis

This week, I’ll introduce you to the music of two underrated female singers, revered among jazz aficionados: Lorez Alexandria and Ethel Ennis.

January 27, 2023


Samara Joy, Linger Awhile

2023 Grammy Award Preview

The 65th annual Grammy Awards are on Sunday, February 5th. We’ll preview some of the vocal jazz nominees, including Samara Joy and Cécile McLorin Salvant.

January 20, 2023


Marty Paich

The Modern Touch of Marty Paich

Arranger Marty Paich helped define the West Coast cool jazz sound in the 1950s and 1960s, working with Mel Tormé, Anita O'Day, and Ella Fitzgerald.

January 13, 2023


Wouldn't It Be Loverly

The American Songbook’s “I Want” Songs

We explore wants and desires this week, hearing “I Want” songs from the American Songbook, including “I Want To Be Happy,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.”

January 6, 2023


Schoolhouse Rock

Schoolhouse Jazz!

50 years ago this week, Schoolhouse Rock made its debut on television. And this week on Afterglow, we’re exploring the many jazz singers—like Blossom Dearie, Grady Tate, and Jack Sheldon —who helped shape the sound of the popular educational series.

December 30, 2022



Let's Begin: Songs For The New Year

Ring in the New Year with Afterglow, as we explore songs and standards about new beginnings, including “Let’s Begin,” “Begin The Beguine,” and “I’m Beginning To See The Light.”

December 23, 2022


Bing Crosby 1951

Christmas On The Air

For our Afterglow holiday show this year, we’ll be featuring some classic Christmas radio broadcasts, performed by favorite jazz singers like Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and more.

December 16, 2022


Sinatra 1947

Harry, Tommy, and Axel: Sinatra's First Five Years

A look at Frank Sinatra's first five years as a recording artist, and the three men who helped shape it: bandleaders Tommy Dorsey and Harry James, and arranger Axel Stordahl.

December 9, 2022


Rachael and Vilray - Just Me This Year

Recent Releases 2022, Part 2

We’re checking in on what’s new in the world of vocal jazz for the second half of 2022, featuring new albums by Samara Joy, Sara Gazarek, and Rachael and Vilray.

December 2, 2022



From Monday On: The Days of American Popular Song

From “A Sunday Kind Of Love” all the way to “Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night of the Week),” we’re exploring days of the week as detailed in the Great American Songbook.

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