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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59 Pieces

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This week on Afterglow, I celebrate the centennial of Bobby Troup, a singer, pianist, and songwriter, and the man behind songs like “Baby, Baby All...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re flipping through the pages of the Ira Gershwin songbook. We’ll hear Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, and more performing Ira’s lyr...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore some of the most haunting, bewitching, and eerie tunes from the Great American Songbook, for the haunted Holiday...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the jazz side of the fab four, with a few jazz versions of Beatles songs, performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Si...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the songs of nighttime. We’ll hear songs like “Night and Day” and “In The Still Of The Night,” sung by Frank Sin...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we take a look a handful of brand new vocal jazz records, including new albums by Cecile McLorin Salvant, Tony Bennett and ...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, I explore some of female jazz singers who got their first shot on the small upstart record label known as Bethlehem in the ...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the hard-edged blues, the sultry jazz, and luscious pop of the versatile singer Dinah Washington. We’ll briefly ...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Joe Williams was the big-voiced baritone equally adept at ballads and the blues. We’ll celebrate his centennial this week by exploring his life and...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Kurt Elling's 2016 Christmas album "A Beautiful Day"
With the holidays right around the corner, Afterglow this week will explore some more modern takes on Christmas favorites, sung by contemporary jaz...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Not all winter songs are about Christmas! This week, we’ll hear some favorite wintertime songs from the Great American Songbook from Rosemary Cloon...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • 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
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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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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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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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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
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’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
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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, 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