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May 17, 2024


1922 Sheet Music

The Songs of 1922

Our 1920s retrospective continues this week on Afterglow, as we dive into the year 1922, exploring songs that resonated with audiences and singers over the next century, including “Chicago” and “Lovesick Blues.”


May 10, 2024


Songs of 1921 Sheet Music

The Songs of 1921

We’re continuing our exploration of songs from the Roaring 20s with a look at 1921, a year that spawned songs like “Ain’t We Got Fun,” “My Man,” “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” and many more.


May 3, 2024


Songs of 1920 Sheet Music

The Songs Of 1920

We’re spending this month turning back the clock to the Roaring Twenties. We’ll go year-by-year starting with 1920, to explore the songs that resonated beyond the decade, including songs like “Avalon,” “Swanee,” and more.


April 26, 2024


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Blossom Dearie in the 1960s and 70s

We continue our 100th birthday celebration of Blossom Dearie, listening to her recordings in the 1960s and 70s for the Fontana and Daffodil Record labels.


April 19, 2024


Blossom Dearie Verve

Blossom Dearie On Verve

A spotlight this week on Blossom Dearie's six exemplary albums recorded between 1956 and 1960.


April 12, 2024


Sassy Swings Again Album

Sassy Swings Again: Sarah Vaughan in the 1960s

We continue our 100th birthday celebration of Sarah Vaughan, exploring her work for the Roulette and Mercury Record labels in the 1960s.


April 5, 2024


Nina Simone, Here Comes The Sun

When The Sun Comes Out

With a total solar eclipse just days away, we’re looking up at the sun for inspiration. We’ll hear songs of sunshine from the songbook, including “New Sun In The Sky,” “I Like The Sunrise” and “On The Sunny Side Of The Street.”

March 29, 2024


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Sassy: Sarah Vaughan In The Late 1950s

We’re celebrating the centennial of the Divine One, Miss Sarah Vaughan, listening to some classic recordings, including “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Misty.”

March 22, 2024


Songs Of The Season: Spring

Spring is here, and so this week on Afterglow, I’ll be saluting the arrival of fairer weather with a few Songs of the Season, like “April In Paris,” “It Might As Well Be Spring,” and more.

March 15, 2024


Something Cool Mono

June Christy's Early Capitol LPs

In the early 1950s, singer June Christy broke away from Stan Kenton’s Orchestra to record solo, helping to establish the “vocal cool” style of jazz singing. This week, we’ll explore some of those early solo recordings she made for Capitol Records.

March 8, 2024


Carmen McRae "After Glow"

Carmen McRae On Decca

Carmen McRae was one of the most respected jazz singers in the business for four decades. This week, we’ll explore her early recordings for the Decca label in the 1950s.

March 1, 2024


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Miss Show Business: Celebrating Judy Garland

This week, we celebrate singer and film star Judy Garland. We’ll chronicle her music career and feature many of her recordings from the 1940s to the 1960s

February 23, 2024


Harry Belafonte and Nat King Cole

The Musical World Of Harry Belafonte

We pay tribute to the late singer, activist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte. We’ll explore his expansive recording career, which encompassed folk, calypso, jazz, blues and more.

February 16, 2024


The Platters

Doo Wop Sings Standards

Jazz standards like “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “A Sunday Kind of Love” are not just for singers like Frank Sinatra. This week, we’ll hear the Great American Songbook sung by The Flamingos, The Platters, and other doo wop groups from the 1950s.

February 9, 2024


Dakota Staton Dynamic

The Dynamic Dakota Staton

This week on Afterglow, we take a listen to the work of jazz vocalist Dakota Staton, famous for her work on Capitol Records in the 1950s, including her rendition of the song “The Late, Late Show.”

February 2, 2024


Two Williams

The Two Williams: Spencer and Clarence

This week, we explore the songs of two unrelated black jazz composers from the early 20th century: Spencer Williams and Clarence Williams. These two Louisiana natives wrote early jazz standards like “Basin Street Blues” and “Baby Won't You Please Come Home.”

January 26, 2024


Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch

2024 Grammy Award Preview

Get a preview of some of the vocal jazz and traditional pop Grammy nominees before the February 4th ceremony, including artists like Cécile McLorin Salvant, Esperanza Spalding, Samara Joy, and more.

January 19, 2024


Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch

Starry Eyed: Stars in the Great American Songbook

We're exploring the best "Stardust Melodies" from the Great American Songbook.

January 12, 2024


Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music

Country And Western Sounds In Jazz and Pop Music

To mark the 60th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking Ray Charles album “Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music,” I’ll explore the influence of country music on jazz and traditional pop songs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

January 5, 2024


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Over The Rainbow: The Songs of Yip Harburg

E.Y. “Yip” Harburg wrote words to some of the most memorable songs in American culture, including “Over The Rainbow” and “It’s Only A Paper Moon” all while staying true to his beliefs. We’ll explore his catalog this week.

December 29, 2023



Moonlight Serenades

We’re looking up at the moon this week, exploring jazz standards all about our lunar companion, like “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Moon River,” and many more.

December 22, 2023


Holiday Rarities!

For Afterglow’s annual winter holiday show, we’ll explore some less familiar holiday gems from classic singers, including “Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney,” “It Happened In Sun Valley” and more.

December 15, 2023


Bob Dorough

Boppin’ With Bob Dorough

We’re celebrating the 100th birthday of bebop vocalist Bob Dorough, listening to some of his hip jazz tunes like “Devil May Care” and “Comin’ Home Baby.”

December 8, 2023


In The Wee Small Hours

Frank & Nelson

We’re celebrating Frank Sinatra’s birthday by exploring his musical partnership with the great arranger Nelson Riddle, including their work on iconic albums like "In The Wee Small Hours" and "Songs For Swingin’ Lovers."

December 1, 2023


Caity Gyorgy - You're Alike, You Two

Recent Releases 2023, Part 2

We take a listen to some recent releases for the second half of the year, including new music from singers Laufey, Veronica Swift, Caity Gyorgy, and more.

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