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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69 Pieces

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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
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This week, we celebrate songwriter Irene Higginbotham, who wrote songs from Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, and Nat King Cole in the 1940s. She was on...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we feature duets between Louis Armstrong and some of Pops’ famous friends like Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and more.

  • Added: Feb 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the colorful spectrum of the Great American Songbook, from “Red Sails In The Sunset” to “Deep Purple.”

  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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As Valentine’s Day approaches, this week on Afterglow, I’ll look at songs all about heart, including “My Heart Stood Still,” “My Foolish Heart,” an...

  • Added: Jan 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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We celebrate Black History Month with a show focused on songs from two of the most dynamic African-American songwriters from the 1920s and 30s, And...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: David Allyn from the cover of the1940s compilation album "Where You At"
Afterglow continues its look at some less familiar singers this week, by exploring the work of male crooners David Allyn, Rocky Cole, and Deno Kannes.

  • Added: Jan 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Sara Gazarek's latest album "Thirsty Ghost" is nominated for 2 Grammy Awards
Afterglow examines some of this year’s vocal jazz Grammy Award nominees—including Jazzmeia Horn, Tierney Sutton, and Catherine Russell—in anticipat...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2020
  • Length: 59:00