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/.

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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52 Pieces

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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
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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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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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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: Nov 02, 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, 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 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 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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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, 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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This week on Afterglow, we explore the unlikely classical music origins of pop songs like “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads,” “Lover, Come Back To Me,” ...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Nat King Cole and Nelson Riddle's 1953 album "Sings For Two In Love"
This week on Afterglow, we explore the 10-year partnership between singer Nat King Cole and arranger Nelson Riddle. These two musicians elevated ea...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we honor the late Aretha Franklin, chronicling her career and exploring some of her iconic songs from the 1960s and 70s, in...

  • Added: Aug 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we’ll explore the music of wartime balladier Dick Haymes, whose career strangely followed in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1960, Frank Sinatra became the Chairman of the Board of Reprise Records. And this week on Afterglow, we’ll explore the early years and the artis...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner was clever and precise with a turn of phrase. This week on Afterglow, we’ll explore his songs like “On The Street Where Yo...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we’ll celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, by exploring some of his jazz standards sung by Blossom Dearie, Tony B...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at pianist Jimmy Rowles, a trusted accompanist who worked nearly every big star in jazz, including Billie Holiday, ...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2018
  • Length: 59:00