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May 13, 2022


The Platters

Doo Wop Sings Standards

Jazz standards like “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “A Sunday Kind of Love” are not just for singers like Frank Sinatra. This week, we’ll hear the Great American Songbook sung by The Flamingos, The Platters, and other doo wop groups from the 1950s.


May 6, 2022


Mink Jazz

Mink Jazz: Peggy Lee In The 1960s

This week on Afterglow, our spotlight is on Miss Peggy Lee, with a closer look at the 1960s, a time when her music and persona became more sleek, romantic, and glamorous.


April 29, 2022


Fred Astaire

Come Dance With Me: Songs About Dancing

Put on your dancing shoes as we cut a rug with the American Songbook. On this episode, we look at jazz standards meant for dancing, including “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Cheek To Cheek.”


April 22, 2022


Something Cool Mono

June Christy's Early Capitol LPs

In the early 1950s, singer June Christy broke away from Stan Kenton’s Orchestra to record solo, helping to establish the “vocal cool” style of jazz singing. This week, we’ll explore some of those early solo recordings she made for Capitol Records.


April 15, 2022



Nat King Cole’s Remarkable 1958

In 1958, a 39-year-old Nat King Cole had the most remarkable year, recording over 100 songs.


April 8, 2022


Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music

Country And Western Sounds In Jazz and Pop Music

To mark the 60th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking Ray Charles album “Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music,” I’ll explore the influence of country music on jazz and traditional pop songs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.


April 1, 2022


Doris Day Aquarium 1946

Doris Day, Jazz Singer (A Centennial Celebration)

We celebrate the centennial of Doris Day on April 3rd, by exploring her work singing jazz with Les Brown, Andre Previn and more.

March 25, 2022


Esperanza Spalding

2022 Grammy Award Preview

It’s Afterglow’s annual preview of Grammy nominees in the Vocal Jazz and Traditional Pop categories, ahead of the award ceremony on Sunday, April 3rd. Nominees this year include Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding and more.

March 18, 2022


Esperanza Spalding

Unforgettable: A Tribute to Natalie Cole

30 years after she swept the Grammys, we'll explore how Natalie Cole transformed herself from an R&B star into a jazz star, following in her father’s footsteps.

March 11, 2022


Comden and Green

Lucky To Be Me: The Songs Comden and Green

We explore the musical partnership of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, two songwriters who contributed gems like “Just In Time” and “The Party’s Over” to the American Songbook.

March 4, 2022



Shout, Sister, Shout: The Great American Songbook’s Feminist Anthems

While the Great American Songbook may be filled with antiquated notions of gender roles, on this program, we explore a few songs that flip the script.

February 25, 2022


Carmen McRae "After Glow"

Carmen McRae On Decca

Carmen McRae was one of the most respected jazz singers in the business for four decades. This week, we’ll explore her early recordings for the Decca label in the 1950s.

February 18, 2022


Carmen McRae "After Glow"

Billie Holiday and the Big Bands

We usually think of Billie Holiday as a small-group singer, but she also worked with several big bands. This week, we’ll hear her recordings with Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and more.

February 11, 2022


Two Williams

The Two Williams: Spencer and Clarence

This week, we explore the songs of two unrelated black jazz composers from the early 20th century: Spencer Williams and Clarence Williams. These two Louisiana natives wrote early jazz standards like “Basin Street Blues” and “Baby Won't You Please Come Home.”

February 4, 2022


The Genius of Ray Charles

Brother Ray Sings Standards!

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.

January 28, 2022


Alan and Marilyn Bergman

How Do You Keep the Music Playing?: The Songs Of The Bergmans

This week, we pay tribute to the husband-and-wife songwriting team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who wrote lyrics to such memorable songs as “The Windmills Of Your Mind,” “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life,” and many more. Marilyn Bergman passed away earlier this month at age 93.

January 21, 2022


Alan and Marilyn Bergman

Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Van Heusen

On this program, we explore the 40-year partnership between songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen and singer Frank Sinatra.

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.

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