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Nat King Cole, Jazz Pianist

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The future king of Pop Art and the maestro of American jazz: a fleeting and lighthearted intersection of their work on a summer 1955 TV variety program.

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Swingin’ With Kay Starr

A look at some of the jazz and swing tunes from the 1940s Capitol Records diva Kay Starr, including “Them There Eyes” and “It’s A Good Day.”

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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