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January 14, 2022


Charlie Parker in 1947

Charlie Parker With Voices

On this program, we’ll explore the few times Charlie Parker worked with vocalists, as well as some vocal interpretations of classic Charlie Parker tunes.


January 7, 2022


Stephen Sondheim (1972)

The Artistry Of Stephen Sondheim

This week, we remember the artistry of American songwriter Stephen Sondheim, and his many contributions to the American songbook, like “Small World,” “Send In The Clowns,” and more. Sondheim passed away last November at age 91.


December 31, 2021


bing crosbey and louis armstrong

Bing Crosby Duets

Even as early as the 1940s, Bing Crosby was already considered a jazz legend


December 24, 2021


Christmas Tree

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 17, 2021


jingle bells

The Merriest!: A Swingin' Afterglow Christmas

It’s the holiday season, and we’re keeping things light and snappy this week as we dance along to some swinging holiday tunes, sung by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and more!


December 10, 2021


The Band Wagon

Dancing In The Dark: The Songs of Schwartz and Dietz

They may not be as well known as Rodgers and Hammerstein, but the songwriting duo of Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz nevertheless made significant contributions to the American Songbook, like “That’s Entertainment” and “You And The Night And The Music.”


December 3, 2021


Christy and Kenton

The Stan Kenton Singers

In the 1940s and 50s, the Stan Kenton Orchestra became equally known for their brash arrangements and cool singers, like Anita O'Day and June Christy.

November 26, 2021


Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Recent Releases 2021, Part 2

We once again turn our attention to what’s new in the world of vocal jazz, exploring recent releases by singers like Tony Bennett, Jazzmeia Horn, Ledisi and more.

November 19, 2021


David Allyn Sure Thing

Voices That Time Forgot: David Allyn, Rocky Cole and Deno Kannes

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.

November 12, 2021


Anne Phillips Born To Be Blue

Voices That Time Forgot: Jane Harvey, Peggy King and More

We’re continuing our exploration of some less-familiar jazz voices this week, with a close look at some female jazz and pop vocalists from the late 1950s, like Jane Harvey, Peggy King, Honi Gordon and more.

November 5, 2021


Norene Tate

Voices That Time Forgot: Pat Thomas, Norene Tate, Gloria Smyth and More

This week, we take a look at some lesser-known African-American female vocalists from the late 1950s and early 1960s.

October 29, 2021


I'm Just Wild About Harry

The Songs of 1921

This week, we’re turning back the clock 100 years to explore how the songs of 1921, like “Ain’t We Got Fun,” “My Man,” and “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” resonated over the next century.

October 22, 2021


I'm Just Wild About Harry

The Chairman: Reprise Records' Early Years

Reprise Records was Frank Sinatra's own label, and it turned the singer into a record executive.

October 15, 2021



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.

October 8, 2021


Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos

Latin Jazz in American Song

For National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ll be exploring the influence of Latin music on the American jazz and pop singers in the 1950s, including Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Anita O’Day and more.

October 1, 2021


Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos

The Songs Of Alan Jay Lerner

A centennial celebration from 2018 of the lyricist behind "Almost Like Being In Love," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and "On The Street Where You Live."

September 17, 2021


Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos

Jon Hendricks, The Poet Laureate Of Jazz

This week, we explore the career of jazz singer Jon Hendricks (1921–2017), a pioneer in the art of vocalese. He would have turned 100 years old this week.

September 10, 2021


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”

September 3, 2021


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.

August 27, 2021


Schoolhouse Rock

Schoolhouse Jazz!

In 1973, Schoolhouse Rock first aired on television, teaching school children all about multiplication, American history, and more through the language of contemporary “rock” music. However, many of the musicians involved—including Bob Dorough, Jack Sheldon, Grady Tate, and Blossom Dearie—came from the world of jazz.

August 20, 2021


Tony Bennett Bill Evans

Bill Evans and the Singers

An exploration of legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans and his few sessions with singers Tony Bennett, Lucy Reed, Helen Merrill and Mark Murphy.

August 11, 2021



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.

August 6, 2021


Herb Ellis

Detour Ahead: Herb Ellis And The Singers

We're celebrating the 100th birthday of guitarist Herb Ellis by exploring his work with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Lou Rawls, and more.

July 30, 2021



Satchmo and Friends

This week, we feature duets between Louis Armstrong and some of Pops’ famous friends like Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby.

July 23, 2021


Veronica Swift

Recent Releases 2021, Part 1

This week, our biannual look at some new vocal jazz releases from artists working today. We’ll explore new albums by Veronica Swift, Michael Mayo, Sachal Vasandani, and more.

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