Nat King Cole would have turned 100 years old on March 17, 2019. This week, we chronicle the decade the propelled him to stardom.
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
Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, was one of the most gifted composers in jazz history.
“Baltimore Oriole,” “Skylark,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” and other songs about birds from the Great American Songbook.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
A mix of Christmas favorites performed by 21st-century singers like Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, and more.
Legendary trumpeter and educator Clark Terry had a career that lasted for nearly 70 years. This week, for his centennial celebration, we’ll explore Terry’s work alongside singers like Dinah Washington, Joe Williams, and more.
Dave Brubeck was one of the most influential jazz pianists of the 20th century, and for the celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday, we’re exploring his work with singers like Tony Bennett, Jimmy Rushing, Carmen McRae and more.
For Thanksgiving, take a seat at the dinner table with Afterglow this week, as we explore classic jazz and popular songs about food by singers like Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, and Fats Waller.
It’s been an odd 6 months for the music industry, but we’ll explore what’s new by artists like Diana Krall, Gregory Porter, and Loudon Wainwright III on this program.
We remember the jazz sage from Tippo, Mississippi Mose Allison (1927–2016).
The late 1950s was the time when Sarah Vaughan became jazz royalty. “Sassy,” as she was called, had signed to Mercury Records, and her career moved in two different directions simultaneously
This week on Afterglow, we explore some of the most haunting, bewitching, and eerie tunes from the Great American Songbook, for the haunted holiday of Halloween.
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.
Songwriter Paul Simon has been delighting our ears with melodies for over 50 years. This week, we’ll explore jazz interpretations of his songs, sung by Carmen McRae, Kurt Elling, Rachel Caswell, and more.
Vernon Duke immigrated to America as a classical composer, and went on to write such popular hits as "April in Paris" and "I Can Get Started."
In the 1950s and 60s, Ray Charles left his indelible mark on songs in a variety of genres, including R&B, pop, country... and jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.
This week, we pay tribute to vocal jazz Annie Ross, who passed away in July at age 89. I’ll chronicle her solo work as well as her time with the groundbreaking jazz group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
In honor of legendary bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker’s centennial this week, we’ll explore the few times he worked with vocalists, as well as some vocal interpretations of classic Charlie Parker tunes.
We spend an hour with songwriter, singer, and guitarist Vilray, one half of the duo Rachael and Vilray, and listen to his songs written in the 1930s and 40s style.
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.