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Playlist: Vocalese: Jazz

Compiled By: wilson seaborn

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AG 18-01: The Poet Laureate Of Jazz: A Jon Hendricks Memorial, 1/1/2018

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow series | 59:00

This week on Afterglow, we remember the poet laureate of jazz Jon Hendricks, who passed away in November 2017. In the 1950s, Hendricks helped usher in a new, vibrant era of jazz singing.


This week on the show, I’ll be celebrating Jon Hendricks, a jazz icon who we lost on November 22, 2017 at the age of 96. Hendricks was a singer, composer, but most of all a groundbreaking jazz lyricist. In the 1950s, he and his group Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross took the jazz world by storm, by performing fun and clever vocal versions of famous instrumental jazz tunes, all with lyrics by Hendricks. I’ll be chronicling Hendricks’ entire career in this next hour.

AG 18-04: 2018 Grammy Award Preview, 1/22/2018

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow series | 59:00

This week on Afterglow, I’ll be exploring some jazz and traditional pop Grammy nominees, ahead of this weekend’s Grammy Awards. We’ll hear music by Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bob Dylan, and Tony Bennett.

Mac1120_cecile_dad_cover_1500x1500_rgb_72dpi__art_img_small This week on the show, I’ll be featuring some of the Grammy nominees for the 2018 Grammy awards on Sunday night, January 28th. In particular I’m going to look at two categories of interest to most Afterglow fans: the best jazz vocal album, and the best traditional pop album. It’s an odd year for these categories: there are a few obvious choices nominated like Cecile McLorin Salvant or Tony Bennett, but there are also a fair share of dark horse candidates. I’ll be sampling their music this hour.

AG 18-12: Duke Ellington And The Singers, 3/19/2018

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow series | 59:00

This week on Afterglow, I’ll explore the many singers who stood on the bandstand with Duke Ellington, including Ivie Anderson, Herb Jeffries, and even icons like Ella Fitzgerald and Mahalia Jackson.

128px-duke_ellington_-_publicity_small For nearly 50 years, the number one name in large ensemble jazz music was Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra were leaders in class, sophistication, and musicianship, with innovative arrangements and a nearly inexhaustible collections of tunes written by the Duke himself. I’m devoting this hour to the music of Duke Ellington, and paying close attention to the many singers that stood on his bandstand. Coming up, we’ll hear the Duke alongside his vocalists like Ivie Anderson and Herb Jeffries, and other well-known stars like Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby.