This week, jazz historian Will Friedwald joins us to talk about the early years of Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio.
Beginning in the 1950s, Ella Fitzgerald became known around the world as one of the most renowned live performers in jazz. This week, we’ll sample from some of her best live sets in places like Berlin, Juan-Les-Pins, and the Hollywood Bowl.
This week, we pay tribute to vocal jazz Annie Ross, chronicling her solo work as well as her time with the groundbreaking jazz group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
The “conditional love song” became a staple of musical theater in its golden age, and this week, we’ll listen to jazz interpretations of these songs, as well as other songs with “if” in the title and more “hypothetical” tunes.
Legendary trumpeter and educator Clark Terry had a career that lasted for nearly 70 years. This week, we’ll explore Terry’s work alongside singers like Dinah Washington, Joe Williams, and more.
Before Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, there was Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn. This week, we’ll explore the songs of these early songwriters, including “Makin’ Whoopee,” “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” and “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby.”
Dave Brubeck was one of the most influential jazz pianists of the 20th century. This week, we’re exploring his work with singers like Tony Bennett, Jimmy Rushing, Carmen McRae and more.
In the last installment of three episodes celebrating Judy Garland’s 100th birthday, we take a closer look at her final years in the 1950s and 60s, and her many comebacks on record and on stage, including her award-winning concert at Carnegie Hall.
We explore the King Of Swing Mr. Benny Goodman, and the many singers who front his big band, including Helen Forrest, Peggy Lee, and Billie Holiday.
We wish a happy 100th birthday to the 1940s Capitol Records diva Kay Starr, by exploring some of her jazz and swing recordings, like “Them There Eyes” and “It’s A Good Day.”
100 Years Ago, the Great American Songbook was still in its infancy. This week, we’ll turn back the clock 100 years to explore songs written that year that continued to resonate in the decades that followed, including "Chicago," "Lovesick Blues," and "Stairway To Paradise."
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
We continue our 100th birthday celebration of the great Judy Garland this month with a closer look at her singing work on film, from "The Wizard of Oz" to "A Star Is Born" and everything in between.
It’s Afterglow’s semi-annual check-in with the latest in vocal jazz and traditional pop singers, exploring what’s new from favorites like Cecile McLorin Salvant, Catherine Russell, and Curtis Stigers.
The Fab Four goes jazz, featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others performing Beatles' tunes, in honor of Sir Paul McCartney's 80th birthday.
This week, we celebrate singer and film star Judy Garland on what would have been her 100th birthday. We’ll chronicle her music career and feature many of her recordings from the 1940s to the 1960s
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.
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."
This week, we celebrate songwriter Jimmy McHugh, who wrote memorable American classics like “On The Sunny Side of the Street” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
In 1958, a 39-year-old Nat King Cole had the most remarkable year, recording over 100 songs.
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.