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Archive for Afterglow

December 28, 2018

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 21, 2018

A Modern Jazz Christmas

A mix of Christmas favorites performed by 21st-century singers like Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, and more.

December 14, 2018

Joe Williams Centennial Celebration

A celebration of the 100th birthday of jazz singer Joe Williams, known equally as a blues shouter and ballad crooner

November 30, 2018

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

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

The Lennon-McCartney Songbook

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

October 26, 2018

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

Get Your Kicks With Bobby Troup

We celebrate the centennial of Bobby Troup on October 18, exploring his songs like "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66."

September 28, 2018

Nat & Nelson

This week, we explore the 10-year partnership between singer Nat King Cole and arranger Nelson Riddle. They produced such standards as "Unforgettable" and "Mona Lisa."

August 31, 2018

The Songs Of Alan Jay Lerner

A centennial celebration of the lyricist behind "Almost Like Being In Love," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and "On The Street Where You Live."

August 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 25, 2018

The Songs That Won The War

The songs of the war effort during World War II, including "G.I. Jive," "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition," and "Long Ago (And Far Away)"

May 11, 2018

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."

May 4, 2018

I Love Lucys: Lucy Ann Polk And Lucy Reed

Singers Lucy Reed and Lucy Ann Polk never had their chance in the spotlight, but recorded some of the finest vocal music in the 1950s.

April 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

January 5, 2018

Remembering Jon Hendricks, The Poet Laureate Of Jazz

This week, we explore the career of jazz singer Jon Hendricks (1921–2017), a pioneer in the art of vocalese.

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