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The Jazz Singer-Songwriters

On this show, we take a look at the many songwriters who performed their own songs, including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and Nina Simone.

Lyricist Johnny Mercer may be one of the most successful singer-songwriters from the jazz age, known for his songs "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" and "Blues in the Night."

When you think of a “singer-songwriter,” you might imagine someone like Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, or some other acoustic-guitar-wielding folk singer. But many jazz artists are equally fit to have that title, having written and performed their own songs. On this show, we’ll look at a number of singers performing songs that they themselves wrote. We’ll highlight a couple of old favorites, like Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, and Mel Tormé, and we’ll also hear from a few newer stars, like Madeleine Peyroux and Gregory Porter.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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