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Playlist: Mark Chilla's Portfolio

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The Girl From Ipanema: Astrud Gilberto

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

An hour-long special highlighting the music of Brazilian jazz singer Astrud Gilberto, known for such songs as "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)" and "The Girl From Ipanema."

Astrudgilberto_small Brazilian jazz singer Astrud Gilberto had the unlikeliest of careers, going from unknown to superstar nearly overnight when she sang "The Girl From Ipanema" with saxophonist Stan Getz and her husband Joao Gilberto in 1964. This hour, we'll feature her signature cool, smoky voice performing jazz tunes, plus feature other Brazilian bossa nova standards written by songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim. Hosted by Mark Chilla.

The Great French Songbook

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

An hour of the jazz standards of France. We’ll hear songs written in French, songs with a certain French flair, and some songs written about Paris, sung by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Edith Piaf, Blossom Dearie, and more. Hosted by Mark Chilla.

Frenchflag_small A look at the French side of the Great American Songbook, performed by Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and more. In this hour special, we'll focus on French jazz standards like "Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)" and "La Mer (Beyond the Sea)." We'll also hear Parisian songs like "April in Paris" and "The Last Time I Saw Paris." And we'll hear from classic French pop stars and jazz artists who worked in Paris, like Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, and Blossom Dearie. Hosted by Mark Chilla.

A Very Crooner Christmas!

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

An Afterglow Christmas special, featuring some familiar standards for Christmas, performed by some jazz and pop crooners, like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, and more.

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Happy Holidays, all you Great American Songbook fans out there. We have a special collection this hour of some favorite songs for Christmas by some of the best known crooners from the Great American Songbook, including Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, and more. We’ll also hear the story behind some now ubiquitous Christmas songs, like “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” and “I Heard The Bells On Christmas” Day.” Hosted by Mark Chilla.

The Songs That Won The War: A Memorial Day Special

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

An Afterglow special perfect for Memorial Day! An exploration of the popular songs from World War II, sung by Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, and more.

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I think it was Irving Berlin who once said “music makes history, history makes music.” And this week on this show, I’ll be exploring the music of an important historical event: World War II. Throughout the early 1940s, music played a key role in the war effort for America, serving as a way to boost morale, channel anger towards the Axis powers, or grapple with those complex, extraordinary feelings of loss. Coming up, it’s a Memorial Day special, focusing on these World War II songs like "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition," "Long Ago (And Far Away)," and "G.I. Jive," performed by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Kate Smith, and more

The Great American Songbook Blacklist (A Labor Day Special)

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

A special perfect for Labor Day! The Hollywood Blacklist didn’t only affect the film industry. On this show, we look at the repercussions it had for working musicians in the 1950s, like Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, and Yip Harburg.

Hollywood-sign-small_small An Afterglow special perfect for Labor Day, exploring the cross between politics, labor, and the entertainment industry! Between 1947 and 1960, the American entertainment industry was embroiled in a manufactured scandal. The threat of communism had apparently run amok, artists were forced to testify before Congress, and countless entertainers were blacklisted for their communist ties. While the blacklist was mostly applied to Hollywood screenwriters, many in the music industry were also affected. This hour, we’ll explore the history of the so-called “Red Channels” in music, and hear how it affected singers and songwriters like Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Yip Harburg, and more.

It's Witchcraft: Songs For A Haunted Holiday (Halloween Special)

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

On this episode, we explore some of the most haunting, bewitching, and eerie tunes from the Great American Songbook for the haunted holiday of Halloween, performed by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Mel Torme, and more.

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This week, I have for you a program made just for Halloween. Coming up this hour, we’ll hear some of the spookiest numbers from the Great American Songbook. I have some familiar tunes about spells, ghosts, and witchcraft, sung by Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Frank Sinatra. We’ll also hear some novelty Halloween songs by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross and Louis Armstrong. And Mel Tormé will bring us an eerie number often curiously referred to as the “Hungarian Suicide Song.”