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 honor the great Aretha Franklin, chronicling her career and exploring some of her iconic songs from the 1960s and 70s, i...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we continue to celebrate Peggy Lee’s centennial year, with a closer look at the 1960s, a time when her music and persona be...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we explore new vocal jazz and traditional pop recordings from Kurt Elling, Kandace Springs, James Taylor and more.

  • Added: Jun 04, 2020
  • 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: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, I’ll explore the many singers who stood on the bandstand with Duke Ellington, including Ivie Anderson, Herb Jeffries, and e...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, I explore some female jazz singers who got their first shot on the small upstart record label known as Bethlehem in the 195...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, in honor of her centennial, we look at the many songs of pop star and songwriter Peggy Lee, including her hits like “It’s A...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we’re feeling blue. I’ll explore songs all about the color in the Great American Songbook, including such jazz standards as...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2020
  • 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: Mar 14, 2020
  • 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: Mar 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Album cover for the new Resonance Records box set "Hittin' The Ramp"
This week, Mark Chilla talks with jazz historian Will Friedwald about the early years of Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio, as they explore some...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2020
  • 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 My Love Alive,” “Ten Cents A Dance” or “This Funny...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2020
  • 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: Mar 13, 2020
  • 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: Mar 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Norene Tate's 1958 album "Tenderly" will be featured on the program
This week on Afterglow, I’ll be highlighting some lesser-known female vocalists from the late 1950s, including Pat Thomas, Gloria Smyth, Mae Barnes...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2020
  • 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: Feb 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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The Great American Songbook is chockablock with antiquated notions of gender roles, but a few songs flip the script.

  • Added: Feb 27, 2020
  • Length: 59:00