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We’ll continue highlighting the work of the “Rat Pack” this week, with a focus on “Mr. Wonderful” himself, Sammy Davis Jr. We’ll chronicle his recording career and explore why he got the nickname “Mister Show Business.” Read More »
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.”
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.
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”
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.
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.”
Exploring the work of some "part-time" jazz vocalists, like trumpeter Chet Baker, drummer Buddy Rich, and clarinetist Benny Goodman.
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.
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.
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.”
The early years of Ella Fitzgerald, as she established herself as one of the greatest big band vocalists and jazz singers of all time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
This week, I’ll introduce you to the music of two underrated female singers, revered among jazz aficionados: Lorez Alexandria and Ethel Ennis.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.