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June 8, 2021


In The Wee Small Hours

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.


June 4, 2021


In The Wee Small Hours

Nat & Nelson

We're celebrating the 100th birthday of arranger Nelson Riddle this month with a series of shows. We'll start by exploring his 10-year partnership with singer Nat King Cole.


May 28, 2021


In The Wee Small Hours

The Songs That Won The War

The songs of the war effort during World War II, including "G.I. Jive," "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition," and "Long Ago (And Far Away)"


May 21, 2021


Diana Krall, The Look Of Love

Magic Moments With Hal David

We wish a happy 100th birthday to the late, great lyricist Hal David, known for his elegant pop songs with Burt Bacharach, including “The Look Of Love,” “Walk On By,” “A House Is Not A Home,” and many more.


May 14, 2021


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The Bob Dylan Songbook

This week, vocal jazz interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including Dylan covers by Nina Simone, Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux and more.


May 7, 2021


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, and his work with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly Kenney, and Chris Connor.


April 23, 2021


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Tony Bennett’s Early Columbia LPs

This week, we explore the early artistry of the great Tony Bennett, listening to excerpts from the LPs he recorded for Columbia Records in the 1950s and early 1960s.

April 16, 2021


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Cool Heat: Anita O'Day in the 1950s

For Anita O'Day's centennial celebration, we explore her groundbreaking jazz recordings for Clef and Verve Records in the 1950s.

April 9, 2021


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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.

April 2, 2021


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The Standards By Marvin Gaye

R&B star Marvin Gaye recorded jazz standards more-or-less out of the spotlight for his entire career.

March 26, 2021


Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley

Nancy Wilson: A Lady With A Song

Nancy Wilson was one of the last great voices of the golden age of American popular song.

March 19, 2021


Dorothy Fields

A Fine Romance: The Dorothy Fields Songbook

This week, we explore the songs of Dorothy Fields, a Tin Pan Alley songwriter whose work stretched from the 1920s through the 1970s. We’ll sample her songbook, including “A Fine Romance,” “I Won’t Dance,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

March 12, 2021


Kurt Elling - Secrets are the Best Stories

2021 Grammy Award Preview

A preview of some of the 2021 Grammy Award nominees for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional Pop Album.

March 5, 2021


Connee Boswell

The Magic of Connee Boswell

Connee Boswell, the lead singer of the Boswell Sisters, was one of the first innovators in vocal jazz.

February 26, 2021



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.

February 16, 2021



Stormy Monday: Lou Rawls In The 1960s

Nat King Cole would have turned 100 years old on March 17, 2019. This week, we chronicle the decade the propelled him to stardom.

February 12, 2021


Hartman and Prysock

Eckstine’s Protégés: Arthur Prysock and Johnny Hartman

Few singers had as much of an influence on the next generation as the baritone “Mr. E” Billy Eckstine. This week, we’ll explore the work of two of his protégés: Arthur Prysock and Johnny Hartman

February 5, 2021


Hartman and Prysock

The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, was one of the most gifted composers in jazz history.

January 27, 2021


For The Birds: Songs About Birds

“Baltimore Oriole,” “Skylark,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” and other songs about birds from the Great American Songbook.

January 22, 2021


Mickey Piano

Jazz Digs Disney

Beginning in the late 1930s, many of America’s best songwriters began to work for the Wonderful World of Disney. On this show, we’ll hear jazz interpretations of iconic Disney songs, sung by Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, and more.

January 15, 2021


Mickey Piano

I Love Lucys: Lucy Ann Polk And Lucy Reed

Singers Lucy Reed and Lucy Ann Polk never had their chance in the spotlight, but recorded some of the finest vocal music in the 1950s.

January 8, 2021


Only The Lonely

Song Confusions

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.

January 1, 2021



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 25, 2020


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All Is Calm: A Quiet Afterglow Christmas

This Christmas night, relax at the end of a stressful year with some holiday songs to soothe your soul, sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and more.

December 18, 2020


Christmas Tree

A Modern Jazz Christmas

A mix of Christmas favorites performed by 21st-century singers like Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, and more.

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