This week on Afterglow we take a look back at some notable new releases and reissues from 2006, with music from Diana Krall, Miles Davis, Karrin Allyson, Madeleine Peyroux, David Fathead Newman, and more. We’ll also have a set of New Year’s songs from Peggy Lee, June Christy, and Ella Fitzgerald.
This week on Afterglow it's "Songs of the Season: Christmas." We'll hear holiday music from Bill Charlap, Dianne Reeves, Nat King Cole, Shorty Rogers, and a whole set of songs from Peggy Lee, as well as a rare broadcast duet of Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald singing "White Christmas."
This week on Afterglow it’s “Look Out the Window!” We’ll begin to celebrate the start of winter and the holidays with music from Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Bud Shank, June Christy, Julie London, Kay Starr, Jo Stafford, Claude Thornhill, Dexter Gordon, and many more.
This week on Afterglow we’ll honor the musical legacy of songwriter Betty Comden, who passed away on November 23 at the age of 89. Along with creative partner Adolph Green, Comden worked on many successful musicals and movies of the 1940s and 1950s, including On the Town , Singin’ in the Rain , Take Me Out to the Ballgame , and Bells Are Ringing.
This week on Afterglow we note the passing of a legendary jazz vocalist, Anita O’Day, who died on Thanksgiving Day 2006 at the age of 87. O’Day began her career as a dancer in Depression walkathons, then moved on to the 1940s world of big-band singing, where she became a star in Gene Krupa’s orchestra.
This week on Afterglow we inaugurate a new annual tradition with “The Hoagy Carmichael Songbook.” Hoagy Carmichael was born in Bloomington, Indiana on November 22, 1899; with his birthday so close to Thanksgiving, we’ll devote the Friday show after the holiday entirely to his music every year on Afterglow.
This week on Afterglow we'll be featuring some of the dynamic small-group recordings that tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell and trombonist Al Grey made in the early 1960s. Former members of the Count Basie big band, Mitchell and Grey recorded a compelling mix of standards, originals, and pieces by artists such as Randy Weston and Melba Liston.
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature the 1963 album Soulmates, featuring Ellingtonian tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and future Weather Report keyboardist Joe Zawinul. This was the first leader date the saxophonist had done in five years and one of the last albums he’d record in the United States before leaving for Europe to become an expatriate.
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature a new compilation of early-1950s recordings from Bobby Troup, author of “Route 66,” as well as the very first session that Troup’s eventual wife Julie London recorded (the two also starred in the early 1970s TV program Emergency!).
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature the late-1950s Pacific Jazz albums of pianist, arranger, and composer Gil Evans. Evans is legendary for his late-1950s work with trumpeter Miles Davis (Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain).
This week on Afterglow we'll feature singer Madeleine Peyroux's new CD, Half the Perfect World. This followup to her 2004 hit Careless Love finds Peyroux casting the same warm, jazz-chanteuse spell with her vocals.
This week on Afterglow it’s “Songs of the Season: Autumn.” In honor of the fall we’ll be featuring music from Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie, Al Cobine, Cassandra Wilson, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and many others, including a rarely-heard Dave Brubeck track, “Autumn in Our Town.”
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature singer Lee Wiley’s 1956 album West of the Moon. A smoky, sultry-voiced vocalist whose paramours included Bunny Berigan, Jess Stacy, and Victor Young, Lee Wiley made what are considered to be the very first songbook records in the late 1930s.
This week on Afterglow it’s “Nancy Wilson: Something Old, Something New.” Nancy Wilson, the host of NPR’s Jazz Profiles, has been a mainstay on the jazz vocal scene ever since her breakthrough 1961 album with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature music from a new and comprehensive collection of Nat King Cole’s late-1950s Capitol recordings, including Cole’s collaborations with arrangers such as Billy May, Nelson Riddle, and Gordon Jenkins, as well as two sides made with members of the Count Basie Orchestra.
This week on Afterglow it’s “Sarah Vaughan: Live in Japan.” This often-overlooked concert album from 1973 finds the singer’s voice in prime form and her spirit in a playful mood as she nears age 50, gliding through standards such as “The Nearness of You,” “I Remember You,” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.”
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature two new releases from pianist Brad Mehldau—House on Hill and Love Sublime, an album of piano/vocal duets with classical singer Renee Fleming, performing excerpts from poems by Rainer Maria Rilke and Louise Bogan set to music by Mehldau.
This week on Afterglow we'll feature music from a recent Mosaic collection of Gerry Mulligan's 1957 recordings, highlighting the baritone saxophonist's collaborations with Annie Ross and a reunion date with trumpeter Chet Baker, as well as the extraordinary Gerry Mulligan Songbook.
This week on Afterglow we’ll feature the 1960s studio recordings of the Jazz Crusaders. Although the Jazz Crusaders eventually dropped “Jazz” from their name (and, to a large extent, from their sound as well), their 1960s albums reflect the work of a group steeped in hardbop and soul jazz.