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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60 Pieces

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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
Caption: Norah Jones's latest album "Begin Again"
This week, we take a look at some recent releases in the world of vocal jazz, including new albums by Norah Jones, Catherine Russell, and a live al...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the warm, intimate sound of singer Jeri Southern. Southern had a very short career. But her output of torch song...

  • Added: May 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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“The Way You Look Tonight,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “All The Things You Are,” and “Ol Man River” are undeniable classics, and all of these songs...

  • Added: May 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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As the elder statesman of jazz, Bing Crosby would often share the stage with many of the great singers of his day. This week on Afterglow, we’ll fe...

  • Added: May 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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On this program, I’ll highlight some of “The Divine One” Sarah Vaughan’s best jazz work on the Mercury label in the late 1950s, including albums li...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the many standards of Harold Arlen, including “Stormy Weather,” “Blues In The Night,” and one of the most celebr...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we take a stroll through the Great American Songbook, exploring songs like “Would You Like To Take A Walk,” “I Walk A Little Faster” and...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at songs of Mel Tormé, including “Born To Be Blue” and “A Stranger In Town,” as performer by the songwriter himself.

  • Added: Apr 16, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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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