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/.

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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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54 Pieces

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Caption: Kurt Elling "The Questions" Album Cover, Credit: Okeh Records
This week on Afterglow, we look at a handful of new albums from some vocal jazz and traditional pop singers, including Kurt Elling, Nellie McKay, V...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Peggy Lee's 1953 album "Black Coffee"
This week on Afterglow, a vice can be a terrible thing, but sometimes they can inspire a great song. This time around on the program, we’ll hear so...

  • Added: May 30, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we celebrate the centennial of Irene Higginbotham. Higginbotham wrote songs for Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, and Nat King C...

  • Added: May 25, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look to the songbook of Johnny Mercer, including such songs as “Blues In The Night,” “I Thought About You,” and “One For...

  • Added: May 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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From 1939 to 1945, as World War II raged on, American Popular Music responded. On Afterglow’s Memorial Day special this week, we look at the songs ...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at one of the best composers from the second generation of the Great American Songbook, Cy Coleman, and his memorab...

  • Added: May 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Singers Lucy Reed and Lucy Ann Polk never spent time in the spotlight, but their output of songs from the 1950s are worthy of some close attention,...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Betty Carter and Sheila Jordan
Detroit is the city of Motown, but this week on Afterglow, we look at the jazz singers who also called it home, including Betty Carter, Sheila Jord...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we salute the great Mose Allison, a one-of-a-kind jazz singer, songwriter, and pianist, known for his unique combination of...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore some of the saddest songs from the Great American Songbook: songs that might just bring you to tears. It’s a loo...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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It's finally spring! And so on the next episode of Afterglow, I’ll be saluting the arrival of fairer weather with a few Songs of the Season. We’ll ...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the work of notable authors and poets—like Truman Capote, Dorothy Parker, and Langston Hughes—and the songs they...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Marvin Gaye's 1964 album of standards "When I'm Alone I Cry"
Soul singer Marvin Gaye was a reluctant R&B star. Gaye wanted to be a ballad singer, and he recorded the music of the Great American songbook mostl...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • 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: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In the 1950s, three singers—Lee Wiley, Teddi King, and Barbara Lea—defined their career at a nightclub in Boston called Storyville. We’ll hear thei...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the King Of Swing, Mr. Benny Goodman, and the many singers who front his big band. We’ll hear Goodman with singe...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we get a little self-reflective, and explore songs from the Great American Songbook all about the art of music, including “...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00