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September 15, 2023


Bennett MTV Unplugged

Tony Bennett's Last Laugh

We’ll continue our ongoing celebration of the late Tony Bennett with a look at his lengthy late-career revival. In 1986, he returned to the recording studio after a long hiatus, which led to a string of successes that stretched for 30 more years.


September 8, 2023


Colored Pencils

Chasing Rainbows: More Colors In Popular Song

Part two of Afterglow’s exploration of colorful songs from the Great American Songbook, featuring “Little White Lies,” “That Old Black Magic,” and everything in between.


September 1, 2023


Coloring Book

My Coloring Book: Colors In Popular Song

This week, we explore the colorful spectrum of popular songs, from “Red Sails In The Sunset” to “Deep Purple” and everything in between.


August 25, 2023



The Great American Book Songs

This week, we’re looking at “book songs” from the songbook. Flip through the pages as we peruse songs about reading and writing, like “I Could Write A Book” and “It Was Written In The Stars.”


August 18, 2023


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.”


August 11, 2023


Guys and Dolls

More of Frank Loesser!

This week, we’re sampling the songbook of composer and lyricist Frank Loesser, including songs from his musicals like "Guys And Dolls" and "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying."


August 4, 2023


Astrud Gilberto

The Girl From Ipanema: Astrud Gilberto

On this episode, we're celebrating Astrud Gilberto, a key figure in popularizing bossa nova music worldwide in the 1960s. Gilberto passed away in June at age 83.

July 28, 2023


Tony Bennett and Bill Evans

Tony Bennett... with piano

In our ongoing remembrance of the late great Tony Bennett, we're taking a look at some of his work with solo piano accompaniment, with a special focus on his 1970s albums with Bill Evans.

July 21, 2023


Tony Bennett Cloud 7

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. Bennett passed away on July 21, 2023 at age 96.

July 14, 2023


Rachael and Vilray, I Love A Love Song

Recent Vocal Jazz Releases 2023, Part 1

We’re taking a look at what’s new in the world of vocal jazz, exploring some recent releases by the duo Rachael and Vilray, singer Rickie Lee Jones, and more.

July 7, 2023


John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

The Debonair Johnny Hartman

This week, we’re celebrating the rich baritone voice of jazz singer Johnny Hartman, who would have turned 100 years old on July 3rd. We’ll explore his entire recording career, including his legendary album with saxophonist John Coltrane.

June 30, 2023


Killing Me Softly

Roberta Flack’s New American Songbook

In the 1970s, singer Roberta Flack made a name for herself performing covers of songs by folk singers and other little-known artists, establishing a new canon of songs. This week, we’ll explore some of her entries into this new American songbook.

June 23, 2023



Stevie Wonder in the 1960s

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.

June 16, 2023



The Standards By Marvin Gaye

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

June 9, 2023



The King and Queen of Soul Sing Standards

On this show, we'll hear the soulful Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin interpret the Great American Songbook.

June 2, 2023


Harry Belafonte and Nat King Cole

The Musical World Of Harry Belafonte

We pay tribute to the late singer, activist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte, who passed away this year at age 96. We’ll explore his expansive recording career, which encompassed folk, calypso, jazz, blues and more.

May 26, 2023



The Rat Pack: Sammy Davis, Jr.

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.”

May 19, 2023



The Rat Pack: Dean Martin

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.”

May 12, 2023


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, in honor of his centenary, and his work with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly Kenney, and Chris Connor.

May 5, 2023


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”

April 28, 2023


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.

April 21, 2023


Songs of 1923 Sheet Music

The Songs of 1923

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.”

April 14, 2023


Unlikely Singers

Put Down The Horn: Jazz's Unlikely Singers

Exploring the work of some "part-time" jazz vocalists, like trumpeter Chet Baker, drummer Buddy Rich, and clarinetist Benny Goodman.

April 7, 2023


Burt Bacharach 1975

What The World Needs Now: The Burt Bacharach Songbook

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.

March 31, 2023


Sam Cooke, Tributes To The Lady

Tributes To The Lady

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.

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