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Archive for Afterglow

October 22, 2021

The Chairman: Reprise Records' Early Years

Reprise Records was Frank Sinatra's own label, and it turned the singer into a record executive.

October 15, 2021


Moonlight Serenades

We’re looking up at the moon this week, exploring jazz standards all about our lunar companion, like “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Moon River,” and many more.

October 8, 2021

Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos

Latin Jazz in American Song

For National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ll be exploring the influence of Latin music on the American jazz and pop singers in the 1950s, including Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Anita O’Day and more.

October 1, 2021

Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos

The Songs Of Alan Jay Lerner

A centennial celebration from 2018 of the lyricist behind "Almost Like Being In Love," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and "On The Street Where You Live."

September 17, 2021

Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos

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. He would have turned 100 years old this week.

September 10, 2021

Irving Berlin "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

Irving Berlin at the Movies

The songs of Irving Berlin were featured in some of Hollywood’s first “Talkies,” and this week, we’ll explore the songwriter’s work in cinema, including songs like “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” and “Cheek To Cheek”

September 3, 2021

Put Your Dreams Away

Dream A Little Dream

We’re counting sheep with the Great American Songbook this week, as we explore standards all about dreaming, including “This Time The Dream’s On Me,” “You Stepped Out Of A Dream,” and many more dreamy tunes.

August 27, 2021

Schoolhouse Rock

Schoolhouse Jazz!

In 1973, Schoolhouse Rock first aired on television, teaching school children all about multiplication, American history, and more through the language of contemporary “rock” music. However, many of the musicians involved—including Bob Dorough, Jack Sheldon, Grady Tate, and Blossom Dearie—came from the world of jazz.

August 20, 2021

Tony Bennett Bill Evans

Bill Evans and the Singers

An exploration of legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans and his few sessions with singers Tony Bennett, Lucy Reed, Helen Merrill and Mark Murphy.

August 11, 2021


From Monday On: The Days of American Popular Song

From “A Sunday Kind Of Love” all the way to “Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night of the Week),” we’re exploring days of the week as detailed in the Great American Songbook.

August 6, 2021

Herb Ellis

Detour Ahead: Herb Ellis And The Singers

We're celebrating the 100th birthday of guitarist Herb Ellis by exploring his work with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Lou Rawls, and more.

July 30, 2021


Satchmo and Friends

This week, we feature duets between Louis Armstrong and some of Pops’ famous friends like Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby.

July 23, 2021

Veronica Swift

Recent Releases 2021, Part 1

This week, our biannual look at some new vocal jazz releases from artists working today. We’ll explore new albums by Veronica Swift, Michael Mayo, Sachal Vasandani, and more.

July 16, 2021

Veronica Swift

Songs In The French Style

This week on Afterglow, we turn to the music of Paris, and hear songs written "dans la mode française" performed by Madeleine Peyroux, Dean Martin, Blossom Dearie, and more.

July 9, 2021

The Name Game

On this episode, it’s a roll call of first names in the Great American Songbook, including “Nancy With The Laughing Face,” “Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe,” and “Johnny One Note.”

July 2, 2021


Songs Of The Season: Summer 2021

Some traditional songs of the season, like "Summer Wind," "Summertime," and "Too Darn Hot."

June 25, 2021

Mavis Rivers and Toni Harper

Voices That Time Forgot: Mavis Rivers and Toni Harper

A deeper dive into some less familiar voices in pop music history, the late 1950s/early 1960s singers Mavis Rivers and Toni Harper.

June 18, 2021

Ella Fitzgerald and Nelson Riddle

Nelson Riddle's Other Favorite Singers

Our Nelson Riddle centennial celebration continues this week by exploring the famous arrangers’ work with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Keely Smith, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, and many more.

June 11, 2021

In The Wee Small Hours

Frank & Nelson

We continue our 100th-birthday celebration of legendary arranger Nelson Riddle by exploring his most fruitful partnership with Frank Sinatra on iconic albums like "In The Wee Small Hours" and "Songs For Swingin’ Lovers."

June 8, 2021

In The Wee Small Hours

Ella Fitzgerald On Decca

The early years of Ella Fitzgerald, as she established herself as one of the greatest big band vocalists and jazz singers of all time.

June 4, 2021

In The Wee Small Hours

Nat & Nelson

We're celebrating the 100th birthday of arranger Nelson Riddle this month with a series of shows. We'll start by exploring his 10-year partnership with singer Nat King Cole.

May 28, 2021

In The Wee Small Hours

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 21, 2021

Diana Krall, The Look Of Love

Magic Moments With Hal David

We wish a happy 100th birthday to the late, great lyricist Hal David, known for his elegant pop songs with Burt Bacharach, including “The Look Of Love,” “Walk On By,” “A House Is Not A Home,” and many more.

May 14, 2021

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The Bob Dylan Songbook

This week, vocal jazz interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including Dylan covers by Nina Simone, Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux and more.

May 7, 2021

Ella Fitzgerald's "Songs In A Mellow Mood"

Ellis Larkins and the Singers

This week, we explore the delicate touch and effortless swing of pianist Ellis Larkins, and his work with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly Kenney, and Chris Connor.

April 23, 2021

Tony Bennett Cloud 7

Tony Bennett’s Early Columbia LPs

This week, we explore the early artistry of the great Tony Bennett, listening to excerpts from the LPs he recorded for Columbia Records in the 1950s and early 1960s.

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

Wizard of Oz Film Poster

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

Wizard of Oz Film Poster

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

Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley

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

Dorothy Fields

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

Kurt Elling - Secrets are the Best Stories

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

Connee Boswell

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


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


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

Hartman and Prysock

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

Hartman and Prysock

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

Mickey Piano

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

Mickey Piano

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


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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