“The Fireside Afterglow” provides a laid-back seasonal theme for the last days of December, featuring music that evokes love, reflection, peace, and the warm moods of winter.
Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael came from states of laidback, rural charm and wrote songs that spoke to all of us. Afterglow founding host Dick Bishop joins us to talk about the collaborations of two great songwriters, including "Skylark," "How Little We Know," and others. We'll also feature several rare and unreleased Hoagy-Johnny recordings.
Johnny Mercer captured the sound and soul of America in the words he wrote for songs such as "Moon River," "Too Marvelous For Words," and "I Thought About You." Afterglow founding host Dick Bishop joins us for a career-spanning look at the life and music of the songwriter from Savannah, as we honor the his centennial this week and next.
Afterglow features a different take on haunted music for Halloween, with evening laments and anguished odes to lost and longed-for love from Julie London, Kay Starr, Duke Ellington, Cassandra Wilson and more.
Jazz singer and pianist Andy Bey is enjoying a late period of renewed appreciation in a long and sometimes-submerged career. Afterglow pays tribute to him with a musical overview that includes recordings he made with both his popular 1960s family act and his 1970s work with Horace Silver, as well as his recent American popular-song CDs.
Oscar Peterson was one of jazz’s most popular pianists, but on a couple of occasions he did albums on which he also sang. Peterson sang well, but his sound was remarkably similar to another popular pianist-turned-singer of the times... which led to a rather amusing exchange, detailed in the show.
Hank Williams may be the king of country music, but pop, jazz and R&B performers have seized upon a number of his songs over the past few decades. "The Hank Williams Songbook" features several of these artists that have covered his songs.
New music from singers Roberta Gambarini, Kurt Elling and Jackie Ryan, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and the Dutch Jazz Orchestra's tribute to Gil Evans and Gerry Mulligan.
Singer Kurt Elling talks with David Brent Johnson about his new CD, DEDICATED TO YOU, a tribute to saxophonist John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman that's highlighted on this edition of Afterglow. DEDICATED TO YOU won a Grammy earlier this year for best vocal-jazz album.
The fall 2009 edition of our annual tribute to the autumn includes music from Jackie Paris, Kenny Dorham, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone and Duke Ellington.
"Popular Song On the Picket Lines" features "social significance" music from the 1930s and 40s that alluded in humorous, poignant, or politically overt ways to issues and problems of the times. Featured artists include Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, and Ethel Waters.
Lester Young had a strong appreciation for singers and their art; he also insisted upon knowing the words of any tune that he played. This centennial celebration of the great tenor saxophonist features his recordings with Billie Holiday and other vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Rushing.
Standards from the Buselli-Wallarab Orchestra, and Lieutenant Uhura takes a turn as a jazz singer.
Pianist George Shearing signed with Capitol Records in 1955, partly because he wanted to branch out beyond the quintet format and make albums with singers. In the next few years he'd record with Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Dakota Staton, and Nat King Cole.
This week's includes recent recordings by Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot and Diana Krall, as well as music from two recent anthologies of Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson, a couple of artists with Indiana connections (Claude Thornhill and Wes Montgomery), Richard Groove Holmes' hit organ-jazz cover of "Misty," and more.
Billie Holiday was very much a vocalist of the big-band era. "Swing It, Lady, Swing" features Holiday in the studio and on stage with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, and a rare concert performance of "I Cover the Waterfront" with Duke Ellington's orchestra.
Singer Melody Gardot's latest release, My One And Only Thrill has the sound of a modern classic. We'll also hear music from a previously unreleased Frank Sinatra concert, a new anthology of singer Tony Bennett and pianist Bill Evans, and recent releases from Madeleine Peyroux and Kendra Shank.
Break out the hot dogs, your favorite movies, and a cold drink of your choice--it's Independence Day this week on Afterglow. We'll celebrate with music from a recently-reissued album of duets from Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, and patriotic popular song from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Paul Robeson, Peggy Lee, Margaret Whiting, and more.
Billy Eckstine, the so-called "Sepia Sinatra," made three stellar albums during his stay on the Roulette label--an LP of standards with arranger/bandleader Billy May, a blues excursion with Count Basie, and a knockout live performance in Las Vegas.
Afterglow continues a long tradition with music heralding the arrival of summer with music from Helen Merrill, Irene Kral, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Astrud Gilberto, and much more.
New releases from Diana Krall and Tierney Sutton lead the way this week on Afterglow, as well as music from new anthologies by Cassandra Wilson and classic-jazz label Prestige Records.
Afterglow's stroll down the lane of reverie continues this week with "Street of Dreams Revisited," featuring music from Patricia Barber, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux, Peggy Lee, Jackie Paris, Mary Ann McCall, and others.
Afterglow marks this holiday weekend with a program that looks at the tragic, triumphant, and ultimately uncertain year of 1945. News clips, interviews with historian Jim Madison and American home-front civilians, and music from Bing Crosby and others retell the story of the end of the war and the change and expectations that followed.
"On the Air" features recently-released archive radio broadcasts of Frank Sinatra (his Lucky Strike show from the late 1940s), Dave Brubeck (the Quartet with Paul Desmond in the mid-1950s, hitting its stride several years in advance of its landmark album Time Out), Carmen McRae (her concert debut in Europe), and Miles Davis (his great late-1950s group with Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane).
Pianist and singer Shirley Horn's mastery of slow tempos, her phrasing, and her use of space gave her a strong appeal that ultimately led to nine Grammy nominations. She made her debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1994 at the age of 60, a recently-released performance that we'll highlight on this edition of Afterglow.
Stormy weather ahead this week on Afterglow, with a slew of songs that invoke the rain, especially as inspiration or lamentation for romance, from Billie Holiday, the Four Freshmen, Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patricia Barber, Peggy Lee, and more.
Singer and pianist Blossom Dearie passed away in her apartment in New York City in February 2009 at the age of 84. This tribute to Blossom Dearie features music from her classic late-1950s Verve albums, as well as songs that she recorded later in her career for her own Daffodil label and a number from the TV show Schoolhouse Rock.
Tony Bennett, Helen Forrest, and others help us commemorate the changing of the seasons.
This episode of Afterglow includes singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux's new CD Bare Bones, a new concert recording from jazz-vocal veteran Bill Henderson, selections from Eliane Elias' Bossa Nova Stories, and a new anthology of Frank Sinatra's 1960s/70s Reprise work.
Pianist and singer Nat King Cole is one of the most beloved icons of 20th-century American popular song, but his relationship with Hollywood never quite reached the exalted heights that some of his cohorts such as Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby achieved, but his recordings appeared in many films of the 1950s and early 1960s.
Singer Thelma Carpenter's career stretched from the swing era to "The Wiz" and "The Cosby Show," and she counted songwriter Alec Wilder among her champions, but she never really gained wider fame, leading her to joke in later years that she was “the best-known unknown in show business.”
"She Wrote the Song" highlights standards written or co-written by women composers who, in the early decades of American popular song, had to struggle for the limelight, as women had to in so many areas of American life.
This week's edition of Afterglow features new (and almost all-instrumental) releases from pianist Keith Jarrett, saxophonist Benny Golson, the tribute group Blue Note 7, and pianists Ran Blake (from his new release Driftwoods) and Chick Corea (a duet of Bill Evans' "Very Early" with pianist Hiromi).
When Frank Sinatra left Harry James at the end of 1939 to join Tommy Dorsey's big band, he was still a youthful unknown. Two and a half years later he'd would depart Dorsey's orchestra as a star, on his way to becoming one of the most successful singers of the 20th century.
It's the most written-about topic in the history of popular song L-O-V-E, as Nat King Cole once sang.
Lea DeLaria is a singer and actress who in recent years has forged a unique popular-song repertoire that draws on both standards and modern pop-rock. LIVE SMOKE emphasizes the more traditional, storied annals of American songbook.
The dream's the theme on this edition of Afterglow, as "Street of Dreams" takes a look at popular songs that evoke an ethereal drift of mind, with music from Bing Crosby, Chet Baker, Lee Wiley, Nat King Cole, Dianne Reeves, Frank Sinatra, and many more, including a full set of dream-related songs written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.
This edition of Afterglow takes a look at some favorite new releases and reissues/historical releases from 2008, including music from Cassandra Wilson, Marilyn Scott, Benny Goodman with Fred Astaire, Helen Merrill, Frank Sinatra, Robin McKelle, and others.