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Archive for Afterglow

December 25, 2020

Christmas Tree

All Is Calm: A Quiet Afterglow Christmas

This Christmas night, relax at the end of a stressful year with some holiday songs to soothe your soul, sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and more.

December 18, 2020


A Modern Jazz Christmas

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

December 9, 2020

Clark Terry 1976

Clark Terry And The Singers

Legendary trumpeter and educator Clark Terry had a career that lasted for nearly 70 years. This week, for his centennial celebration, we’ll explore Terry’s work alongside singers like Dinah Washington, Joe Williams, and more.

December 4, 2020

Bennett and Brubeck

Everybody's Jumpin' With Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck was one of the most influential jazz pianists of the 20th century, and for the celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday, we’re exploring his work with singers like Tony Bennett, Jimmy Rushing, Carmen McRae and more.

November 27, 2020


Feasting With The Great American Songbook

For Thanksgiving, take a seat at the dinner table with Afterglow this week, as we explore classic jazz and popular songs about food by singers like Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, and Fats Waller.

November 20, 2020


Recent Releases 2020, Part 2

It’s been an odd 6 months for the music industry, but we’ll explore what’s new by artists like Diana Krall, Gregory Porter, and Loudon Wainwright III on this program.

November 13, 2020


Mose Allison: The Jazz Sage

We remember the jazz sage from Tippo, Mississippi Mose Allison (1927–2016).

November 6, 2020

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Sassy: Sarah Vaughan In The Late 1950s

The late 1950s was the time when Sarah Vaughan became jazz royalty. “Sassy,” as she was called, had signed to Mercury Records, and her career moved in two different directions simultaneously

October 30, 2020


It's Witchcraft: Songs For A Haunted Halloween

This week on Afterglow, we explore some of the most haunting, bewitching, and eerie tunes from the Great American Songbook, for the haunted holiday of Halloween.

October 23, 2020

Colored Pencils

Chasing Rainbows: More Colors In Popular Song

Part two of Afterglow’s exploration of colorful songs from the Great American Songbook, featuring “Little White Lies,” “That Old Black Magic,” and everything in between.

October 16, 2020

Paul Simon "Still Crazy After All These Years"

The Paul Simon Jazz Songbook

Songwriter Paul Simon has been delighting our ears with melodies for over 50 years. This week, we’ll explore jazz interpretations of his songs, sung by Carmen McRae, Kurt Elling, Rachel Caswell, and more.

October 9, 2020

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Vernon Duke: Taking A Chance On Love

Vernon Duke immigrated to America as a classical composer, and went on to write such popular hits as "April in Paris" and "I Can Get Started."

September 15, 2020

The Genius of Ray Charles

Brother Ray Sings Standards!

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.

September 11, 2020

Annie Ross Mulligan

Sing A Song Of Annie Ross

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.

August 28, 2020

Charlie Parker in 1947

Charlie Parker With Voices

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.

August 14, 2020


The Vintage Voice Of Vilray

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.

July 31, 2020

Kiss Me Kate

'Kiss Me Kate' and Cole Porter’s Comeback

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.

July 17, 2020


A Time For Love: Remembering Johnny Mandel

We pay tribute to composer and arranger Johnny Mandel, who passed away at age 94 on June 29, 2020.

July 2, 2020


Aretha Franklin: The Voice

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.

June 26, 2020

Mink Jazz

Mink Jazz: Peggy Lee In The 1960s

We continue our celebration of Peggy Lee’s centennial year by exploring her most glamorous recordings for Capitol Records in the 1960s.

June 19, 2020

Kandace Springs

Recent Releases 2020, Part 1

This week, we explore new vocal jazz and traditional pop recordings from Kurt Elling, Kandace Springs, James Taylor and more.

April 24, 2020

Nat King Cole - Hittin' The Ramp

The King Cole Trio Starts To Swing

This week, jazz historian Will Friedwald joins us to talk about the early years of Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio.

March 13, 2020


Shout, Sister, Shout: The Great American Songbook’s Feminist Anthems

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.

February 21, 2020

Coloring Book

My Coloring Book: Colors In Popular Song

This week, we explore the colorful spectrum of popular songs, from “Red Sails In The Sunset” to “Deep Purple” and everything in between.

January 24, 2020

Sara Gazarek

2020 Grammy Award Preview

An annual salute to jazz and traditional pop Grammy nominee, including Jazzmeia Horn and Tierney Sutton.

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