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Archive for Afterglow

December 29, 2010


What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Ring in the New Year with Ella, Nat, Bing and more of the Afterglow gang.

December 23, 2010


Soon It Will Be Christmas Day

It’s Christmas this week on Afterglow, and we’ll come bearing musical presents from Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine, Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, and other carolers of American popular song.

December 17, 2010

What's New: December 2010

New music this week from Cassandra Wilson, Freddy Cole, and more.

December 11, 2010


Johnny Mathis: Now and Then

If Elvis Presley was the king of rock ‘n roll, Johnny Mathis is the king of popular romantic music. He joins us this week for music and conversation.

October 20, 2010


A Mezzanine and a Casino: Buselli-Wallarab and Claude Thornhill

Something old, something new: live radio broadcasts of the Claude Thornhill big band, and a recent release from the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra.

October 15, 2010


Nat King Cole: the Carnegie Hall Concert

In 1949 Nat King Cole took his popular trio and a bongo player into Carnegie Hall for a swinging concert of hits and bop and Latin-influenced tunes.

October 12, 2010


Soul On Standards

Soul singers Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight and James Brown give us their takes on the Great American Songbook.

October 5, 2010

What's New: September 2009

New music from pianists Ahmad Jamal and Keith Jarrett, a live recording from guitarist Kenny Burrell, and excerpts from jazz suites by Ted Nash and Frank Glover.

September 21, 2010


Duet: Doris Day and Andre Previn

Doris Day is a celebrated American movie icon—but there’s much more to her legacy than PILLOW TALK.

August 6, 2010

Abbey Lincoln, Over the Years

An 80th-birthday tribute to singer Abbey Lincoln, featuring both early and late-period recordings. Lincoln passed away a week after the broadcast of this program.

August 4, 2010

What's New: July 2010

Vocalist Ron Gill's veteran authority, pianist-singer Champian Fulton's youthful pose, and more.

July 24, 2010


Singin' and Swingin' With Annie Ross

Bop songstress, girlfriend of comedian Lennie Bruce, and 1/3 of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Annie Ross was the 1950s' epitome of jazz-vocal hip.

June 25, 2010

Loesser Is More: a Celebration of Frank Loesser

Frank Loesser wrote or co-wrote some of the most memorable music of mid-20th-century American popular song.

June 16, 2010

What's New: June 2010

New, not necessarily blue: Afterglow's latest survey of recent releases.

May 29, 2010

Bing Crosby and Stan Getz: Two New Anthologies

Stan Getz's final bow, and Bing Crosby's treasure-trove of previously-unreleased small-group recordings of standards.

May 22, 2010


Artie Shaw and the Singers

A centennial tribute to bandleader Artie Shaw highlighting the records he made with vocalists, including Helen Forrest, Billie Holiday, and Mel Torme.

May 17, 2010

This Is All I Ask: Gordon Jenkins

Gordon Jenkins was renowned as an arranger, but he also wrote some hit songs. We'll hear them done by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and more.

May 10, 2010

Anita Gravine and Gerry Mulligan

Singer Anita Gravine pays tribute to music of the Italian cinema, plus music from the final studio dates of saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.

April 16, 2010

What's New: April 2010

Pianist Luke Gillespie's unexpected CD, a new love-songs compilation from Jackie Ryan, and a solo outing from Kurt Elling collaborator Laurence Hobgood.

April 9, 2010


Songs of the Season: Spring

Afterglow bursts into early-April bloom this week with another seasonal tribute, featuring odes to the spring both happy and sad from Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller and more.

April 2, 2010


Play Ball! The National Pastime in Popular Song

Batter up! Take to the diamond with Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dave Frishberg, Vince Guaraldi and a host of other performers, including Mickey Mantle himself, as Afterglow swings for the fences, dives for a grounder, and heads for home plate with an all-baseball program of song.

March 12, 2010

Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme: Live at the Crescendo

Performances from a Hollywood nightclub by two great 20th-century interpreters of American popular song.

February 19, 2010

What's New: February 2010

This week on Afterglow I’ll feature new music from two performers from different ends of the generational spectrum—26-year-old singer Kat Edmonson and 91-year-old bandleader Gerald Wilson--as well as an interview with pianist Ben Neuman and music from his debut CD "Introductions."

February 12, 2010


Some Enchanted Evening: Jazz And Popular Song Love Ballads

Love songs progressing from discovery and longing to settled intimacy, for the Valentine's Day weekend.

February 5, 2010

Afterglow Goes To Town

Popular song is out on the town this week on Afterglow.

January 16, 2010

What's New: January 2009

New music this week on Afterglow from singers Carol Sloane and Nellie McKay, plus posthumous releases from pianist John Hicks and Frank Sinatra (an anthology of New York City concert performances).

January 9, 2010

The Best Recordings Of 2009

Our annual, highly-subjective survey of the past year's CDs, featuring selections from Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Jackie Ryan, and more.

January 1, 2010


Big Ben: A Ben Webster Centennial Tribute

This week on Afterglow: tenor saxophonist Ben Webster's appearances with singers such as Mildred Bailey and Billie Holiday, as well as recordings he made with Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, and Johnny Hodges. Ben Webster had one of the warmest, most identifiable sounds of any 20th-century jazz musician.

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