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Archive for Afterglow

December 28, 2018

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Dinah Shore, The Dreamer

Singer and television personality Dinah Shore was America's Sweetheart during World War II, and stayed in the spotlight for several decades after the war.

December 14, 2018

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The Blues Of Joe Williams

A celebration jazz singer Joe Williams, known equally as a blues shouter and ballad crooner for Count Basie's Orchestra.

November 30, 2018

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The Ladies of Bethlehem

The Bethlehem Record label was home to some of the best female jazz singers in the 1950s, including Chris Connor, Nina Simone, Betty Roche and more.

November 16, 2018

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Recent Releases 2018, Part 2

New vocal jazz releases from Cécile McLorin Salvant, Madeleine Peyroux, Diana Krall and Tony Bennett, and more.

November 2, 2018

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The Lennon-McCartney Songbook

The Fab Four goes jazz, featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others performing Beatles' tunes.

October 26, 2018

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It's Witchcraft: Songs For A Haunted Halloween

"It's Witchcraft," "Ghosts Of Yesterday," "Haunted Heart," "Skeleton In The Closet," and more haunted songs for Halloween.

October 12, 2018

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Get Your Kicks With Bobby Troup

This week, our spotlight is on the singer and songwriter Bobby Troup, known for songs like "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66."

August 22, 2018

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The Standards of Sondheim and Bernstein

In honor of Leonard Bernstein's centennial this week, we look at the jazz standards of Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, like "New York, New York," "I Feel Pretty," and "Send In The Clowns."

August 17, 2018

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Jimmy Rowles: Jazz's Secret Weapon

Pianist Jimmy Rowles was a trusted accompanist who worked nearly every big star in jazz, including Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé, and Sarah Vaughan.

August 10, 2018

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Kind Of Blue: Blue Feelings In Popular Song

"Born To Be Blue," "Blue Moon," "Blue Turning Grey Over You," and other songs about the color blue on this week's show.

August 3, 2018

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Norman Granz: The Jazz Advocate

A centennial celebration of Norman Granz, concert promoter, record label owner, and one of the biggest civil rights activists in jazz in the 1940s and 50s.

July 23, 2018

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The Great American Songbook Blacklist

How the Hollywood Blacklist affected music stars like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and Harry Belafonte

July 20, 2018

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Swingin' on the Moon

On this show, we're looking up at the moon, examining lunar songs of all kinds, with a focus on Mel Tormé's 1960 concept album "Swingin' on the Moon."

July 6, 2018

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An All-American Road Trip

A road trip to different U.S. states, with songs like "Georgia On My Mind," "I Been Down In Texas," "Mississippi Mud," and "Massachusetts."

June 29, 2018

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Clifford Brown And The Singers

Trumpeter Clifford Brown recorded only three sessions with vocalists—Dinah Washington, Helen Merrill, and Sarah Vaughan. And they all happened in 1954.

June 22, 2018

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Recent Releases 2018, Part 1

On this episode, we look at recent albums from Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Van Morrison, and more.

June 15, 2018

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I Get a Kick: Vices in Popular Song

On this show, we explore the times when songwriters wrote about their vices: drinking, smoking, or even chewing gum.

June 8, 2018

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The Mystery Of Irene Higginbotham

Irene Higginbotham (1918–1988) was the songwriter behind such Billie Holiday songs as "Good Morning Heartache" and "No Good Man."

May 11, 2018

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The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs Of Cy Coleman

This week, a look at the music of composer Cy Coleman, including songs like "Witchcraft," "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Big Spender," and "I Walk A Little Faster."

April 20, 2018

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Cry Me A River: Tears In Popular Song

Some of the most tearful songs of the Great American Songbook, including "Cry Me A River," "I Cried For You," and "Willow Weep For Me."

April 6, 2018

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Literary Figures In Popular Song

Authors like Truman Capote, Langston Hughes, Ogden Nash, and Kazuo Ishiguro, and their contributions to the world of jazz and popular song.

March 23, 2018

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Duke Ellington And The Singers

An overview of the many singers who stood on the bandstand with Duke Ellington, including Ivie Anderson, Herb Jeffries, and Bing Crosby.

March 2, 2018

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I Hear Music: Songs About Songwriting

"The Song Is You," "The Song Is Ended," "I Poured My Heart Into The Song," and other songs about music on this episode.

February 23, 2018

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Keely Smith: I Wish You Love

A remembrance of singer Keely Smith (1928–2017), known for her recordings of "That Old Black Magic" and "I Wish You Love" from the late 1950s.

February 9, 2018

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My Heart Stood Still: Hearts In Popular Song

“My Foolish Heart," “Heart And Soul,” "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," and other songs with heart from the Great American Songbook.

January 26, 2018

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2018 Grammy Award Preview

A preview of the nominees for the Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional Pop Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards

January 19, 2018

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Written In The Stars: The Songs Of Harold Arlen

"Blues In The Night," "Story Weather," and "Over The Rainbow" and many more of the blockbuster hits from songwriter Harold Arlen.

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