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July 5, 2024

 

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An All-American Road Trip

A road trip to different U.S. states, with songs like "Georgia On My Mind," "I Been Down In Texas," "Mississippi Mud," and "Massachusetts."

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June 28, 2024

 

Come Fly With Me

Let’s Get Away From It All: Songs About Traveling

We’re living life among the jet set this week on Afterglow, as we explore songs about traveling from the Great American Songbook, including “Come Fly With Me,” “Travelin’ Light,” and "It's Nice to Go Trav'ling."

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June 21, 2024

 

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Songs Of The Season: Summer

This week, I’ll be bringing you our traditional songs of the season, like "Summer Wind," "Summertime," and "Too Darn Hot."

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June 14, 2024

 

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The American Songbook’s “I Want” Songs

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.”

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June 7, 2024

 

Judy on Film

Judy At The Movies

2024 marks the 100th anniversary of the film studio MGM, so this week, we’re celebrating one of MGM’s biggest stars: Judy Garland! We’ll take a closer look at her singing work on film, from The Wizard Of Oz to A Star Is Born.

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May 31, 2024

 

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The Songs Of 1924

Our 1920s retrospective concludes this week with a look at songs from 100 years ago: 1924. We’ll hear some songs from this year that have resonated over the century, including “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Tea For Two,” and “I’ll See You In My Dreams.”

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May 24, 2024

 

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The Songs of 1923

We’re once again turning back the clock to the Roaring Twenties on Afterglow, to hear the songs from last century that have stuck around. We’ll focus on the year 1923, and its songs like “What'll I Do” and “Linger Awhile.”

May 17, 2024

 

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The Songs of 1922

Our 1920s retrospective continues this week on Afterglow, as we dive into the year 1922, exploring songs that resonated with audiences and singers over the next century, including “Chicago” and “Lovesick Blues.”

May 10, 2024

 

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The Songs of 1921

We’re continuing our exploration of songs from the Roaring 20s with a look at 1921, a year that spawned songs like “Ain’t We Got Fun,” “My Man,” “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” and many more.

May 3, 2024

 

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The Songs Of 1920

We’re spending this month turning back the clock to the Roaring Twenties. We’ll go year-by-year starting with 1920, to explore the songs that resonated beyond the decade, including songs like “Avalon,” “Swanee,” and more.

April 26, 2024

 

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Blossom Dearie in the 1960s and 70s

We continue our 100th birthday celebration of Blossom Dearie, listening to her recordings in the 1960s and 70s for the Fontana and Daffodil Record labels.

April 19, 2024

 

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Blossom Dearie On Verve

A spotlight this week on Blossom Dearie's six exemplary albums recorded between 1956 and 1960.

April 12, 2024

 

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Sassy Swings Again: Sarah Vaughan in the 1960s

We continue our 100th birthday celebration of Sarah Vaughan, exploring her work for the Roulette and Mercury Record labels in the 1960s.

April 5, 2024

 

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When The Sun Comes Out

With a total solar eclipse just days away, we’re looking up at the sun for inspiration. We’ll hear songs of sunshine from the songbook, including “New Sun In The Sky,” “I Like The Sunrise” and “On The Sunny Side Of The Street.”

March 29, 2024

 

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Sassy: Sarah Vaughan In The Late 1950s

We’re celebrating the centennial of the Divine One, Miss Sarah Vaughan, listening to some classic recordings, including “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Misty.”

March 22, 2024

 

Songs Of The Season: Spring

Spring is here, and so this week on Afterglow, I’ll be saluting the arrival of fairer weather with a few Songs of the Season, like “April In Paris,” “It Might As Well Be Spring,” and more.

March 15, 2024

 

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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.

March 8, 2024

 

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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.

March 1, 2024

 

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Miss Show Business: Celebrating Judy Garland

This week, we celebrate singer and film star Judy Garland. We’ll chronicle her music career and feature many of her recordings from the 1940s to the 1960s

February 23, 2024

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Starry Eyed: Stars in the Great American Songbook

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

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