In the 1950s and 60s, Ray Charles left his indelible mark on songs in a variety of genres, including R&B, pop, country... and jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.
This week, we pay tribute to vocal jazz Annie Ross, who passed away in July at age 89. I’ll chronicle her solo work as well as her time with the groundbreaking jazz group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
In honor of legendary bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker’s centennial this week, we’ll explore the few times he worked with vocalists, as well as some vocal interpretations of classic Charlie Parker tunes.
We spend an hour with songwriter, singer, and guitarist Vilray, one half of the duo Rachael and Vilray, and listen to his songs written in the 1930s and 40s style.
After World War II, the career of Cole Porter seemed to be mostly over. However in 1948, he scored his biggest hit to date with the award-winning musical Kiss Me Kate, kicking off a victory lap for the composer’s final years. We’ll explore these late songs of Cole Porter on this program.
We pay tribute to composer and arranger Johnny Mandel, who passed away at age 94 on June 29, 2020.
This week on Afterglow, we honor the late Aretha Franklin, chronicling her career and exploring some of her iconic songs from the 1960s and 70s.
We continue our celebration of Peggy Lee’s centennial year by exploring her most glamorous recordings for Capitol Records in the 1960s.
This week, we explore new vocal jazz and traditional pop recordings from Kurt Elling, Kandace Springs, James Taylor and more.
This week, jazz historian Will Friedwald joins us to talk about the early years of Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio.
This week, we take a look at some lesser-known African-American female vocalists from the late 1950s and early 1960s.
While the Great American Songbook may be filled with antiquated notions of gender roles, on this program, we explore a few songs that flip the script.
This week, we feature duets between Louis Armstrong and some of Pops’ famous friends like Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby.
This week, we explore the colorful spectrum of popular songs, from “Red Sails In The Sunset” to “Deep Purple” and everything in between.
Afterglow continues its look at some less familiar singers this week, by exploring the work of male crooners David Allyn, Rocky Cole, and Deno Kannes.
An annual salute to jazz and traditional pop Grammy nominee, including Jazzmeia Horn and Tierney Sutton.
A deeper dive into some less familiar voices in pop music history, the late 1950s/early 1960s singers Mavis Rivers and Toni Harper.