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Recent Releases for 2016, Part 1

A roundup of recent releases in vocal jazz and traditional pop, including new albums by Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding, and Willie Nelson.

Gregory Porter's latest Blue Note album "Take Me To The Alley" is his first record since "Liquid Spirit" from 2013, and features mostly original songs from the jazz baritone.

This week on Afterglow, we look again at recent releases in vocal jazz and traditional pop work from 2016 so far. We’ll hear from the latest, highly-anticipated albums from jazz singers Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding, and Jane Monheit. We’ll also hear new tracks from singer Norah Jones with saxophonist Charles Lloyd, and singer/violinst Petra Haden (daughter of jazz bassist Charlie Haden) alongside guitarist Bill Frissel. Plus, we’ll also feature new interpretations of the Great American songbook by two legends of folk and country: Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

Listen to Recent Releases for 2016, Part 2 to hear new music from Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux, Tierney Sutton, and the group “Postmodern Jukebox.”

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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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