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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Joe Williams was the big-voiced baritone in Count Basie’s Orchestra, equally adept at ballads and the blues. This week, we’ll celebrate by explorin...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we take a stroll through the Great American Songbook, exploring songs like “Would You Like To Take A Walk,” “I Walk A Little Faster” and...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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In the 1950s and 60s, Ray Charles left his indelible mark on songs in a variety of genres, including R&B, pop, jazz, and even country. This week on...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we pay tribute to vocal jazz Annie Ross, who passed away in July at age 89. I’ll chronicle her solo work as well as her time with the gr...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the life and career of singer, actor, and activist Lena Horne, and her performances of songs by Harold Arlen, Bi...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we pay tribute to bebop legend Charlie Parker, for what would have been his 100th birthday. I’ll feature his recordings wit...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Singer Blossom Dearie could be coy, cute, heartbreaking funny, and intimate, and she exhibited all of it on her six albums for Verve Records in the...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Rachael and Vilray, Credit: Shervin Lainez, 2017
This week on Afterglow, we spend the hour with singer and songwriter Vilray, one half of the duo Rachael & Vilray, who perform new music in the sty...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we chronicle the life and career of Norman Granz, the concert promoter and record producer who fought for racial justice in...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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On this program, we remember arranger and composer Johnny Mandel, who wrote some of the most memorable film songs of the 20th century, including "T...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Bobby Troup was a true Renaissance man of the 20th century: a singer, an actor, a jazz pianist, and the man behind songs like “Baby, Baby All The T...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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After World War II, Cole Porter returned to the spotlight with the musical "Kiss Me Kate," which set off a late-career victory lap for the composer...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Getz/Gilberto from 1964
In Brazil, singer and guitarist João Gilberto was known as “O Mito,” the legend, and the man who invented the bossa nova sound. This week, I’ll pay...

  • Added: Jun 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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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