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February 16, 2021



Stormy Monday: Lou Rawls In The 1960s

Nat King Cole would have turned 100 years old on March 17, 2019. This week, we chronicle the decade the propelled him to stardom.


February 12, 2021


Hartman and Prysock

Eckstine’s Protégés: Arthur Prysock and Johnny Hartman

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


February 5, 2021


Hartman and Prysock

The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, was one of the most gifted composers in jazz history.


January 27, 2021


For The Birds: Songs About Birds

“Baltimore Oriole,” “Skylark,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” and other songs about birds from the Great American Songbook.


January 22, 2021


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.


January 15, 2021


Mickey Piano

I Love Lucys: Lucy Ann Polk And Lucy Reed

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.


January 8, 2021


Only The Lonely

Song Confusions

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.

January 1, 2021



Let's Begin: Songs For The New Year

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.”

December 25, 2020


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 18, 2020


Christmas Tree

A Modern Jazz Christmas

A mix of Christmas favorites performed by 21st-century singers like Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, and more.

December 9, 2020


Clark Terry 1976

Clark Terry And The Singers

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.

December 4, 2020


Bennett and Brubeck

Everybody's Jumpin' With Dave Brubeck

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.

November 27, 2020



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 20, 2020



Recent Releases 2020, Part 2

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.

November 13, 2020



Mose Allison: The Jazz Sage

We remember the jazz sage from Tippo, Mississippi Mose Allison (1927–2016).

November 6, 2020


sarah vaugh on an album cover

Sassy: Sarah Vaughan In The Late 1950s

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

October 30, 2020



It's Witchcraft: Songs For A Haunted Halloween

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.

October 23, 2020


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.

October 16, 2020


Paul Simon "Still Crazy After All These Years"

The Paul Simon Jazz Songbook

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.

October 9, 2020


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."

September 15, 2020


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.

September 11, 2020


Annie Ross Mulligan

Sing A Song Of Annie Ross

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.

August 28, 2020


Charlie Parker in 1947

Charlie Parker With Voices

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.

August 14, 2020



The Vintage Voice Of Vilray

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.

July 31, 2020


Kiss Me Kate

'Kiss Me Kate' and Cole Porter’s Comeback

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.

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