After World War II, the career of Cole Porter seemed to be mostly over. However in 1948, he scored his biggest hit to date with the award-winning musical Kiss Me Kate, kicking off a victory lap for the composer’s final years. We’ll explore these late songs of Cole Porter on this program. Read More »
We pay tribute to composer and arranger Johnny Mandel, who passed away at age 94 on June 29, 2020.
This week on Afterglow, we honor the late Aretha Franklin, chronicling her career and exploring some of her iconic songs from the 1960s and 70s.
We continue our celebration of Peggy Lee’s centennial year by exploring her most glamorous recordings for Capitol Records in the 1960s.
This week, we explore new vocal jazz and traditional pop recordings from Kurt Elling, Kandace Springs, James Taylor and more.
This week, jazz historian Will Friedwald joins us to talk about the early years of Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio.
This week, we take a look at some lesser-known African-American female vocalists from the late 1950s and early 1960s.
While the Great American Songbook may be filled with antiquated notions of gender roles, on this program, we explore a few songs that flip the script.
This week, we feature duets between Louis Armstrong and some of Pops’ famous friends like Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby.
This week, we explore the colorful spectrum of popular songs, from “Red Sails In The Sunset” to “Deep Purple” and everything in between.
Afterglow continues its look at some less familiar singers this week, by exploring the work of male crooners David Allyn, Rocky Cole, and Deno Kannes.
An annual salute to jazz and traditional pop Grammy nominee, including Jazzmeia Horn and Tierney Sutton.
A deeper dive into some less familiar voices in pop music history, the late 1950s/early 1960s singers Mavis Rivers and Toni Harper.
We remember Nancy Wilson, who passed away one year ago at age 81
We’re keeping on the sunny side of the street this week, as we explore some uplifting tunes like “Get Happy,” “I Want To Be Happy,” and “Put On A Happy Face.”
A look at some new vocal jazz records by Jazzmeia Horn, Kurt Elling, and Harry Connick, Jr.
Connee Boswell, the lead singer of the Boswell Sisters, was one of the first innovators in vocal jazz.
For Anita O'Day's centennial celebration, we explore her groundbreaking jazz recordings for Clef and Verve Records in the 1950s.
This week, vocal jazz interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including Dylan covers by Nina Simone, Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux and more.
This week, we explore the highs and lows of Stevie Wonder's first decade in the music industry, a time when he experimented with jazz, pop, soul, and the Great American Songbook.
Was “Heat Wave” an Irving Berlin song or a Motown song? Was “In The Still of the Night” a Cole Porter song or a doo-wop song? This week, we explore common confusions in the Great American Songbook.
An interview with French-born jazz singer Cyrille Aimée, discussing her latest album of all Sondheim songs
The Hollywood Blacklist didn’t only affect the film industry. On this episode, a look at the repercussions the blacklist had on musicians in the 1950s, like Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, and Yip Harburg.
In Brazil, singer and guitarist João Gilberto was known as “O Mito” ("The Legend") and the man who invented the bossa nova sound. Gilberto passed away in July at age 88.
"The Song Is You," "The Song Is Ended," "I Poured My Heart Into The Song," and other songs about music on this episode.
“Baltimore Oriole,” “Skylark,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” and other songs about birds from the Great American Songbook.