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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55 Pieces

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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
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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: Jul 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we’ll celebrate the centennial of Norman Granz, the concert promoter and record producer who fought for racial justice in j...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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The Hollywood Blacklist didn’t only affect the film industry. This week on Afterglow, we explore the repercussions it had for musicians in the 1950...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Mel Tormé's 1960 Verve album "Swingin' On The Moon"
Nine years before we stepped foot on the moon, Mel Tormé was busy singing about it on his album Swingin’ on the Moon. This week on Afterglow, we’ll...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we celebrate the early years of the First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald. We'll look at her work for Decca Records, where she...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • 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 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, our spotlight is on the only three albums trumpeter Clifford Brown recorded with vocalists during his tragically short care...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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