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July 17, 2020



A Time For Love: Remembering Johnny Mandel

We pay tribute to composer and arranger Johnny Mandel, who passed away at age 94 on June 29, 2020.


July 2, 2020



Aretha Franklin: The Voice

This week on Afterglow, we honor the late Aretha Franklin, chronicling her career and exploring some of her iconic songs from the 1960s and 70s.


June 26, 2020


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Mink Jazz: Peggy Lee In The 1960s

We continue our celebration of Peggy Lee’s centennial year by exploring her most glamorous recordings for Capitol Records in the 1960s.


June 19, 2020


Kandace Springs

Recent Releases 2020, Part 1

This week, we explore new vocal jazz and traditional pop recordings from Kurt Elling, Kandace Springs, James Taylor and more.


April 24, 2020


Nat King Cole - Hittin' The Ramp

The King Cole Trio Starts To Swing

This week, jazz historian Will Friedwald joins us to talk about the early years of Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio.


March 27, 2020


Norene Tate

Voices That Time Forgot: Pat Thomas, Norene Tate, Gloria Smyth and More

This week, we take a look at some lesser-known African-American female vocalists from the late 1950s and early 1960s.


March 13, 2020



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 28, 2020



Satchmo and Friends

This week, we feature duets between Louis Armstrong and some of Pops’ famous friends like Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby.

February 21, 2020


Coloring Book

My Coloring Book: Colors In Popular Song

This week, we explore the colorful spectrum of popular songs, from “Red Sails In The Sunset” to “Deep Purple” and everything in between.

January 31, 2020


David Allyn Sure Thing

Voices That Time Forgot: David Allyn, Rocky Cole and Deno Kannes

Afterglow continues its look at some less familiar singers this week, by exploring the work of male crooners David Allyn, Rocky Cole, and Deno Kannes.

January 24, 2020


Sara Gazarek

2020 Grammy Award Preview

An annual salute to jazz and traditional pop Grammy nominee, including Jazzmeia Horn and Tierney Sutton.

January 10, 2020


Mavis Rivers and Toni Harper

Voices That Time Forgot: Mavis Rivers and Toni Harper

A deeper dive into some less familiar voices in pop music history, the late 1950s/early 1960s singers Mavis Rivers and Toni Harper.

December 13, 2019


Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley

Nancy Wilson Remembered

We remember Nancy Wilson, who passed away one year ago at age 81

December 6, 2019


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Get Happy: Happiness In Popular Song

We’re keeping on the sunny side of the street this week, as we explore some uplifting tunes like “Get Happy,” “I Want To Be Happy,” and “Put On A Happy Face.”

November 15, 2019


Jazzmeia Horn

Recent Releases 2019, Part 2

A look at some new vocal jazz records by Jazzmeia Horn, Kurt Elling, and Harry Connick, Jr.

November 1, 2019


Connee Boswell

The Magic of Connee Boswell

Connee Boswell, the lead singer of the Boswell Sisters, was one of the first innovators in vocal jazz.

October 18, 2019


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Cool Heat: Anita O'Day in the 1950s

For Anita O'Day's centennial celebration, we explore her groundbreaking jazz recordings for Clef and Verve Records in the 1950s.

October 4, 2019


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The Bob Dylan Songbook

This week, vocal jazz interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including Dylan covers by Nina Simone, Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux and more.

September 18, 2019



Stevie Wonder in the 1960s

This week, we explore the highs and lows of Stevie Wonder's first decade in the music industry, a time when he experimented with jazz, pop, soul, and the Great American Songbook.

September 12, 2019


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.

September 11, 2019


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Interview with Singer Cyrille Aimée

An interview with French-born jazz singer Cyrille Aimée, discussing her latest album of all Sondheim songs

September 6, 2019


The Great American Songbook Blacklist

The Hollywood Blacklist didn’t only affect the film industry. On this episode, a look at the repercussions the blacklist had on musicians in the 1950s, like Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, and Yip Harburg.

August 30, 2019


Getz Gilberto

João Gilberto: A Memorial

In Brazil, singer and guitarist João Gilberto was known as “O Mito” ("The Legend") and the man who invented the bossa nova sound. Gilberto passed away in July at age 88.

August 23, 2019



I Hear Music: Songs About Songwriting

"The Song Is You," "The Song Is Ended," "I Poured My Heart Into The Song," and other songs about music on this episode.

August 9, 2019


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.

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