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.

For syndication information, please contact LuAnn Johnson at lujohnso@indiana.edu.

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

Afterglow is a production of WFIU at Indiana University in Bloomington. Hide full description

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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This week on Afterglow, we explore some of the saddest songs from the Great American Songbook: songs that might just bring you to tears. It’s a loo...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we’re celebrating the centennial of the influential jazz singer Anita O’Day, exploring some of her monumental recordings fo...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Singers Lucy Reed and Lucy Ann Polk never spent time in the spotlight, but their output of songs from the 1950s are worthy of some close attention,...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s vocal jazz interpretations of the music of Bob Dylan, this week on Afterglow, including covers by Nina Simone, Madeleine Peyroux, and more.

  • Added: Sep 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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How does a German avant-garde composer become the toast of Broadway? This week on Afterglow, we explore the songs of Kurt Weill, including “Septemb...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Before his classic period in the 1970s, “Little” Stevie Wonder was a teenager trying to find his sound. We explore the highs and lows of his first ...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Was “Heat Wave” an Irving Berlin song or a Martha and the Vandellas song? Was “In The Still of the Night” a Cole Porter song or a Five Satins song?...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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The Hollywood Blacklist didn’t only affect the film industry. This week on Afterglow, we explore the repercussions it had for musicians in the 1950...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Getz/Gilberto from 1964
In Brazil, singer and guitarist João Gilberto was known as “O Mito,” the legend, and the man who invented the bossa nova sound. This week, I’ll pay...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we get a little self-reflective, and explore songs from the Great American Songbook all about the art of music, including “...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we examine the distinctive piano stylings of British pianist George Shearing, in honor of his centennial. We’ll hear Sheari...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Carmen McRae's 1958 album "Birds Of A Feather", Credit: Album Cover
This week, “Baltimore Oriole,” “Skylark,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” and other songs about birds from the Great American Songbook.

  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Singer Keely Smith became famous as the deapan sidekick to her husband Louis Prima, and as a ballad singer in the late 1950s. This week on Afterglo...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, an exploration of legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans and his few sessions with singers, including Tony Bennett, Lucy Reed, H...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Summertime is upon us. This week on Afterglow, I’ll be bringing you our traditional songs of the season, and play some summertime favorites sung by...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Songwriter Jimmy McHugh wrote memorable American classics like “On The Sunny Side of the Street” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” This wee...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we celebrate the Fourth of July with an All-American Road Trip. We’ll hear Afterglow favorites like Ella Fitzgerald and Fra...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Doris Day was a pop star and a film star, but this week on Afterglow, I’ll highlight the often overlooked aspect of her career: a jazz singer. We’l...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2019
  • Length: 59:00