Afterglow

Series produced by WFIU

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Afterglow is a weekly, one-hour program of vocal jazz and popular song from the Great American Songbook, hosted by Mark Chilla.

Ella, Frank, Billie, Duke -- WFIU's Afterglow has them all.

Afterglow highlights the best of vocal jazz and popular song from the 1930s to today. Each episode explores a new topic about the greatest jazz singers. Whether it's the unlikely friendship between Frank Sinatra and songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen, the times trumpeter Clifford Brown worked with vocalists, or songs all about love, Afterglow tells the stories of the Great American Songbook.

Afterglow first aired on WFIU sometime in the late 1970s, hosted by a man named Dick Bishop, who gave the show its elegance, passion, laid-back expertise, congenial charm, and that "martini-moon" quality. After Bishop's retirement in 2005, the show was hosted by David Brent Johnson. In February 2015, Mark Chilla took the helm, continuing to bring an hour of the Great American Songbook to the airwaves in a high-quality production available every week.

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Find us at http://indianapublicmedia.org/afterglow/.

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Ella, Frank, Billie, Duke -- WFIU's Afterglow has them all. Afterglow highlights the best of vocal jazz and popular song from the 1930s to today. Each episode explores a new topic about the greatest jazz singers. Whether it's the unlikely friendship between Frank Sinatra and songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen, the times trumpeter Clifford Brown worked with vocalists, or songs all about love, Afterglow tells the stories of the Great American Songbook. Afterglow first aired on WFIU sometime in the late 1970s, hosted by a man named Dick Bishop, who gave the show its elegance, passion, laid-back expertise, congenial charm, and that "martini-moon" quality. After Bishop's retirement in 2005, the show was hosted by David Brent Johnson. In February 2015, Mark Chilla took the helm, continuing to... Show full description


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Vernon Duke immigrated to America as a classical composer, and became one of the finest songwriters in popular music. This week, we’ll explore his ...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we take a look at some of the jazz and swing tunes from the 1950s Capitol Records diva Kay Starr.

  • Added: Apr 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, I’ll highlight the warm, easy-going voice of war-time sweetheart Dinah Shore, and focus on some of her best recordings from...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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From “Ain’t Misbehavin” to “Honeysuckle Rose,” this week on Afterglow, we’ll focus on songs from two of the most dynamic songwriters from the 1920s...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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We all know “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady Is A Tramp” and “Blue Moon,” but what about “To Keep Love Alive,” “Ten Cents A Dance” or “This Funny Wo...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Nat King Cole's 1948 album "St. Louis Blues"
In 1958, a 39-year-old Nat King Cole had the most remarkable year, recording seven LPs, dozens of singles, and working on two films. We’ll explore ...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Nat King Cole would have turned 100 years old on March 17, 2019, and on this program, we'll chronicle the decade that made him famous.

  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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The rich baritone of Lou Rawls could sing R&B, jazz, blues, gospel, and pop. This week, we’ll explore his early work for Capitol in the 1960s.

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at the many songs of pop star and songwriter Peggy Lee, including her hits like “It’s A Good Day,” “I Don’t Know En...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we explore the later songs from one of the most innovative teams in American Popular song, including songs like “My Funny Valentine,” “T...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, I’ll explore the phenomenon of the family vocal group in popular song, looking at the Boswell Sisters, the Andrew Sisters, ...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Cecile McLorin Salvant's Grammy-nominated album "The Window"
This week on Afterglow, I take a look at some of this year’s Grammy nominees ahead of Sunday’s award show, including folks like Tony Bennett, Grego...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, I’m looking at the "Maharaja of the Keyboard" Oscar Peterson, and showcasing his work with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Fr...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Singer Blossom Dearie could be coy, cute, heartbreaking funny, and intimate, and she exhibited all of it on her six albums for Verve Records in the...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Jo Stafford was one of the finest, most versatile singers from 1940s and 50, a chameleon who was at ease singing jazz, pop, country, folk, and even...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we take a look at the early songs of Rodgers and Hart, including “Manhattan,” “Blue Moon,” and “Thou Swell,” as performed b...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, they say youth is wasted on the young. On this show, we’ll hear songs explore the theme of youth, sung by Nat King Cole, Ma...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00