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Archive for Afterglow

December 24, 2015

Soul Christmas

Soulful interpretations of holiday favorites, from Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Darlene Love, and more.

December 17, 2015

Songs of the Season: Winter

An Afterglow salute to winter weather (without your typical Christmas songs)!

December 11, 2015

Harry, Tommy, and Axel: Sinatra's First Five Years

For Frank Sinatra's centennial, we look at his first five years as a recording artist.

November 27, 2015

The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, would have turned 100 on November 29th.

November 20, 2015

Recent Releases for 2015, Part 2

A roundup of recent releases in the world of vocal jazz and traditional pop from the second half of 2015

November 13, 2015

A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night

In 1973, singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson released an album of standards, arranged by Sinatra's arranger Gordon Jenkins.

October 30, 2015

A City of Song

A cross country roadtrip with songs about St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, and the Big Apple, performed by Johnny Mercer, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, and more.

October 7, 2015

Live Nina!

We feature Nina Simone, the "High Priestess of Soul," in her most natural element: live on stage at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and the Newport Jazz Festival.

September 24, 2015

Songs of the Season: Autumn 2015

Afterglow's salute to falling leaves and pumpkin spice with the best autumn songs from the Great American Songbook.

September 11, 2015

Starry Eyed: Stars in the Great American Songbook

We're exploring the best "Stardust Melodies" from the Great American Songbook.

September 4, 2015

The King and Queen of Soul Sing Standards

On this show, we'll hear the soulful Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin interpret the Great American Songbook.

July 31, 2015

The Blues of Mose Allison and Ray Charles

Mose Allison and Ray Charles each created their own distinct brand of jazz, R&B, southern blues, and boogie-woogie in the late 1950s and 1960s.

July 24, 2015

Count Basie and the Singers

This week, our spotlight is on just a few of the many singers who sang with Count Basie, including Jimmy Rushing, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, and more.

July 17, 2015

June Christy: Something Cool

June Christy's 1954 album "Something Cool" was a landmark in the "Cool School" of vocal jazz.

July 3, 2015

The Voice Grows Up: Sinatra’s Early Capitol Concept Albums

This week on Afterglow, our spotlight is on four groundbreaking albums that changed the career of Frank Sinatra in the mid-1950s.

June 26, 2015

Songs of the Season: Summer

Afterglow's annual salute to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer with some summertime favorites from the Great American Songbook.

June 19, 2015

Recent Releases for 2015, Part 1

We're rounding up some recent vocal jazz releases from Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, and more.

June 5, 2015

Tony Bennett and Bill Evans

This week, we're featuring the two recording sessions from 1975 and 1976 between pianist Bill Evans and singer Tony Bennett.

May 29, 2015

Swingin' with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

On this show, we highlight the vocal jazz trio that helped revolutionize jazz singing in the late 1950s.

May 22, 2015

The Oscar Hammerstein Songbook

On this week's program, our spotlight is on the music and career of one of America's greatest lyricists: Oscar Hammerstein II.

May 8, 2015

Jazz Vocal Duets

On this show, we look at some famous jazz vocal duets: Ella & Louis, Jackie & Roy, Bing & Rosie, and more.

May 1, 2015

The Modern Touch of Marty Paich

Arranger Marty Paich helped define the West Coast cool jazz sound in the 1950s and 1960s, working with Mel Tormé, Anita O'Day, and Chet Baker.

April 17, 2015

The Jazz Singer-Songwriters

On this show, we take a look at the many songwriters who performed their own songs, including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and Nina Simone.

April 10, 2015

Billie Holiday and the Big Bands

We continue our Billie Holiday centennial celebration by looking at her work fronting big bands, including those of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw.

April 3, 2015

Tributes to the Lady

For Billie Holiday's centennial, we're exploring the many tribute albums created for "Lady Day"

March 27, 2015

The Girl From Ipanema: Astrud Gilberto

We wish a happy 75th birthday to Astrud Gilberto, who was essential in popularizing bossa nova music worldwide in the 1960s.

March 13, 2015

Tribute to Steve Zegree

On this special edition of Afterglow, we remember the life and legacy of the jazz educator, performer, arranger, and producer, Dr. Steve Zegree.

February 27, 2015

The Harry Warren Songbook

While Harry Warren's name may have eluded the spotlight, his songs—like "Lullaby of Broadway," "At Last," and "I Only Have Eyes for You"—never did.

February 20, 2015

The Stan Kenton Singers

In the 1940s and 50s, the Stan Kenton Orchestra became equally known for their brash arrangements and cool singers, like Anita O'Day and June Christy.

February 13, 2015

Unlucky in Love

We celebrate the flipside of Valentine's Day—love lost and love never found—performed by Chet Baker, Nina Simone, and Nat King Cole.

February 6, 2015

2015 Grammy Award Preview

This week, we check in on the latest in vocal jazz by featuring the Grammy nominees for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional Pop Album for 2015.

February 3, 2015

Voice Of The Big Bands: Helen Forrest

At the height of the swing era there was one singer who starred with three of the biggest of the big bands—Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James.

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