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June 27, 2019

 

Jazz In The Postwar French Cinema

French culture in the postwar years was strongly influenced by both jazz and the growing American genre of film noir.

June 21, 2019

 

“No Time Like Now”: Music And Conversation With Vibraphonist Dick Sisto

“Serious jazz musicians are into their music like it’s a religion,” says Sisto.

June 19, 2019

 

Jazz Mission Possible: Lalo Schifrin’s Early Years

Lalo Schifrin is best known for his “Mission: Impossible” theme and numerous other film scores, but the pianist and composer first emerged from mid-20th century Argentina as a jazz artist, working with Dizzy Gillespie and recording under his own name as well.

June 7, 2019

 

1968, Riot: The Year In Jazz

As the 1960s neared to a close, the jazz world continued to absorb the cultural upheavals of a volatile decade.

May 20, 2019

 

Jazz Of All Trades: The Eclectic Andre Previn

Jazzing Broadway songs, scoring movies, conducting classical music: Andre Previn could do it all before he’d even turned 30.

May 14, 2019

 

A Day For Doris Day

A career-spanning musical tribute from WFIU’s afternoon jazz program “Just You And Me.”

May 14, 2019

 

Lennie Tristano: The Jazz Guru

Pianist Lennie Tristano was a singular and charismatic modernist and mentor whose methods helped point the way for the rise of jazz education.

April 30, 2019

 

Playing Changes: Music And Conversation With Jazz Writer Nate Chinen

Jazz critic Nate Chinen talks about his recent book “Playing Changes: Jazz For The New Century,” and we hear music from some of the artists discussed as well.

April 29, 2019

 

Read Him Madly: A Duke Ellington Bibliography

Some Night Lights recommendations for reading about one of jazz's greatest figures, as well as some programs featuring his music.

April 28, 2019

 

Heard It On The TV: Jazz Takes On Television Themes

As television rocketed into the entertainment culture of mid-20th-century America, musicians and composers, many of them with jazz backgrounds, were called upon to write themes and cues for the wide variety of programs that populated the airwaves.

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Doris Day, Jazz Singer

We remember Doris Day, who passed away last month at age 97, and her work singing jazz with Les Brown, Andre Previn and more.

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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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