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Archive for Afterglow

April 16, 2021

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Cool Heat: Anita O'Day in the 1950s

For Anita O'Day's centennial celebration, we explore her groundbreaking jazz recordings for Clef and Verve Records in the 1950s.

April 9, 2021

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Over The Rainbow: The Songs of Yip Harburg

E.Y. “Yip” Harburg wrote words to some of the most memorable songs in American culture, including “Over The Rainbow” and “It’s Only A Paper Moon” all while staying true to his beliefs. We’ll explore his catalog this week.

April 2, 2021

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The Standards By Marvin Gaye

R&B star Marvin Gaye recorded jazz standards more-or-less out of the spotlight for his entire career.

March 26, 2021

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Nancy Wilson: A Lady With A Song

Nancy Wilson was one of the last great voices of the golden age of American popular song.

March 19, 2021

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A Fine Romance: The Dorothy Fields Songbook

This week, we explore the songs of Dorothy Fields, a Tin Pan Alley songwriter whose work stretched from the 1920s through the 1970s. We’ll sample her songbook, including “A Fine Romance,” “I Won’t Dance,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

March 12, 2021

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2021 Grammy Award Preview

A preview of some of the 2021 Grammy Award nominees for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional Pop Album.

March 5, 2021

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The Magic of Connee Boswell

Connee Boswell, the lead singer of the Boswell Sisters, was one of the first innovators in vocal jazz.

February 26, 2021

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The Underrated Lorez Alexandria and Ethel Ennis

This week, I’ll introduce you to the music of two underrated female singers, revered among jazz aficionados: Lorez Alexandria and Ethel Ennis.

February 16, 2021

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Stormy Monday: Lou Rawls In The 1960s

Nat King Cole would have turned 100 years old on March 17, 2019. This week, we chronicle the decade the propelled him to stardom.

February 12, 2021

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Eckstine’s Protégés: Arthur Prysock and Johnny Hartman

Few singers had as much of an influence on the next generation as the baritone “Mr. E” Billy Eckstine. This week, we’ll explore the work of two of his protégés: Arthur Prysock and Johnny Hartman

February 5, 2021

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The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, was one of the most gifted composers in jazz history.

January 27, 2021

For The Birds: Songs About Birds

“Baltimore Oriole,” “Skylark,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” and other songs about birds from the Great American Songbook.

January 22, 2021

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Jazz Digs Disney

Beginning in the late 1930s, many of America’s best songwriters began to work for the Wonderful World of Disney. On this show, we’ll hear jazz interpretations of iconic Disney songs, sung by Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, and more.

January 15, 2021

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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.

January 8, 2021

Only The Lonely

Song Confusions

Was “Heat Wave” an Irving Berlin song or a Motown song? Was “In The Still of the Night” a Cole Porter song or a doo-wop song? This week, we explore common confusions in the Great American Songbook.

January 1, 2021

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Let's Begin: Songs For The New Year

Ring in the New Year with Afterglow, as we explore songs and standards about new beginnings, including “Let’s Begin,” “Begin The Beguine,” and “I’m Beginning To See The Light.”

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