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February 23, 2024


Harry Belafonte and Nat King Cole

The Musical World Of Harry Belafonte

We pay tribute to the late singer, activist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte. We’ll explore his expansive recording career, which encompassed folk, calypso, jazz, blues and more.


February 16, 2024


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.


February 9, 2024


Dakota Staton Dynamic

The Dynamic Dakota Staton

This week on Afterglow, we take a listen to the work of jazz vocalist Dakota Staton, famous for her work on Capitol Records in the 1950s, including her rendition of the song “The Late, Late Show.”


February 2, 2024


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.”


January 26, 2024


Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch

2024 Grammy Award Preview

Get a preview of some of the vocal jazz and traditional pop Grammy nominees before the February 4th ceremony, including artists like Cécile McLorin Salvant, Esperanza Spalding, Samara Joy, and more.


January 19, 2024


Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch

Starry Eyed: Stars in the Great American Songbook

We're exploring the best "Stardust Melodies" from the Great American Songbook.


January 12, 2024


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.

January 5, 2024


Wizard of Oz Film Poster

Over The Rainbow: The Songs of Yip Harburg

E.Y. “Yip” Harburg wrote words to some of the most memorable songs in American culture, including “Over The Rainbow” and “It’s Only A Paper Moon” all while staying true to his beliefs. We’ll explore his catalog this week.

December 29, 2023



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.

December 22, 2023


Holiday Rarities!

For Afterglow’s annual winter holiday show, we’ll explore some less familiar holiday gems from classic singers, including “Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney,” “It Happened In Sun Valley” and more.

December 15, 2023


Bob Dorough

Boppin’ With Bob Dorough

We’re celebrating the 100th birthday of bebop vocalist Bob Dorough, listening to some of his hip jazz tunes like “Devil May Care” and “Comin’ Home Baby.”

December 8, 2023


In The Wee Small Hours

Frank & Nelson

We’re celebrating Frank Sinatra’s birthday by exploring his musical partnership with the great arranger Nelson Riddle, including their work on iconic albums like "In The Wee Small Hours" and "Songs For Swingin’ Lovers."

December 1, 2023


Caity Gyorgy - You're Alike, You Two

Recent Releases 2023, Part 2

We take a listen to some recent releases for the second half of the year, including new music from singers Laufey, Veronica Swift, Caity Gyorgy, and more.

November 24, 2023



Feasting With The Great American Songbook

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.

November 17, 2023


Barney Kessel

Barney Kessel And The Singers

We pay tribute to jazz guitarist Barney Kessel and his work with notable singers like Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.

November 10, 2023


The Versatile Jo Stafford

Singer Jo Stafford was one of the most versatile postwar singers, excelling in pop, swing, bebop, country, folk, and even comedy.

November 3, 2023


Pete Rugolo 1946

Pete Rugolo And The Singers

We're featuring this week the work of jazz arranger Pete Rugolo, and his progressive arrangements for Nat King Cole, June Christy, and others.

October 27, 2023


Pete Rugolo 1946

Keely Smith: I Wish You Love

A remembrance of singer Keely Smith (1928–2017), known for her recordings of "That Old Black Magic" and "I Wish You Love" from the late 1950s.

October 20, 2023


Mickey Piano

Jazz Digs Disney

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.

October 13, 2023


showbill of cabin in the sky

Vernon Duke: Taking A Chance On Love

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."

October 6, 2023


showbill of cabin in the sky

Italian-American Crooners

We spotlight the Italian-American Crooners—like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, and Tony Bennett—who shaped the landscape of popular song in the 1940s and 50s.

September 29, 2023


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.

September 22, 2023


Kid Piano

The Great American Children’s Songbook

From Frank Sinatra’s version of “Ol’ MacDonald” to Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “The Muffin Man,” we’ll explore some jazzy selections aimed at kids.

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.

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