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Archive for Afterglow

December 25, 2009

The Fireside Afterglow

“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.

November 27, 2009

Moon Country: Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer

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.

November 20, 2009

Too Marvelous With Words: Johnny Mercer, America's Poet Laureate

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.

October 30, 2009

A Dark and Lonely Night: Haunted Love Songs For Halloween

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.

October 23, 2009

Andy Bey: A Tribute

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.

October 16, 2009

The Piano Player Sings: Oscar Peterson

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.

October 8, 2009

The Hank Williams Songbook

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.

October 3, 2009

What's New: October 2009

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.

September 30, 2009

Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling

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.

September 24, 2009

Songs of the Season: Autumn 2009

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.

September 4, 2009

Popular Song On the Picket Lines

"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.

August 28, 2009

Lester Young And The Singers

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.

August 21, 2009

Where or When With Buselli-Wallarab

Standards from the Buselli-Wallarab Orchestra, and Lieutenant Uhura takes a turn as a jazz singer.

August 14, 2009

George Shearing And The Singers

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.

August 7, 2009

Some Things We Hope You Enjoy

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.

July 17, 2009

Swing It, Lady, Swing: Billie Holiday With The Big Bands

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.

July 10, 2009

What's New: July 2009

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.

July 3, 2009

Born On the Fourth of July

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.

June 26, 2009

Billy Eckstine: The Roulette Years

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.

June 12, 2009

Songs of the Season: Summer, Part 1

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.

June 5, 2009

What's New: June 2009

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.

May 29, 2009

Street of Dreams Revisited

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.

May 22, 2009

The Year We Won the War: 1945

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.

May 8, 2009

On the Air: Sinatra, Miles, Brubeck and McRae

"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).

May 1, 2009

Shirley Horn at Monterey Jazz Festival

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.

April 24, 2009

Keeps On Rainin': Songs That Invoke The Rain

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.

April 17, 2009

A Tribute to Blossom Dearie: "Jazz Pixie" Of American Popular Song

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.

April 10, 2009

Songs of the Season: Spring

Tony Bennett, Helen Forrest, and others help us commemorate the changing of the seasons.

April 3, 2009

What's New: April 2009

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.

March 20, 2009

Nat King Cole At the Movies

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.

March 13, 2009

The Best-Known Unknown in Show Business: Thelma Carpenter

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.”

March 6, 2009

She Wrote the Song: Women Composers of Popular American Music

"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. 

February 27, 2009

What's New: February 2009

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).

February 20, 2009

When Sinatra Met Dorsey

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.

February 13, 2009

That Ole Devil Called Love

It's the most written-about topic in the history of popular song L-O-V-E, as Nat King Cole once sang.

January 30, 2009

Lea DeLaria: Live Smoke

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.

January 16, 2009

Street of Dreams

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.

January 9, 2009

Afterglow: Best of 2008

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.

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