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Playlist: Mark Chilla's Portfolio

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The Girl From Ipanema: Astrud Gilberto

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

An hour-long special highlighting the music of Brazilian jazz singer Astrud Gilberto, known for such songs as "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)" and "The Girl From Ipanema."

Astrudgilberto_small Brazilian jazz singer Astrud Gilberto had the unlikeliest of careers, going from unknown to superstar nearly overnight when she sang "The Girl From Ipanema" with saxophonist Stan Getz and her husband Joao Gilberto in 1964. This hour, we'll feature her signature cool, smoky voice performing jazz tunes, plus feature other Brazilian bossa nova standards written by songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim. Hosted by Mark Chilla.

The Great French Songbook

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

An hour of the jazz standards of France. We’ll hear songs written in French, songs with a certain French flair, and some songs written about Paris, sung by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Edith Piaf, Blossom Dearie, and more. Hosted by Mark Chilla.

Frenchflag_small A look at the French side of the Great American Songbook, performed by Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and more. In this hour special, we'll focus on French jazz standards like "Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)" and "La Mer (Beyond the Sea)." We'll also hear Parisian songs like "April in Paris" and "The Last Time I Saw Paris." And we'll hear from classic French pop stars and jazz artists who worked in Paris, like Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, and Blossom Dearie. Hosted by Mark Chilla.

A Very Crooner Christmas!

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

An Afterglow Christmas special, featuring some familiar standards for Christmas, performed by some jazz and pop crooners, like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, and more.


Happy Holidays, all you Great American Songbook fans out there. We have a special collection this hour of some favorite songs for Christmas by some of the best known crooners from the Great American Songbook, including Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, and more. We’ll also hear the story behind some now ubiquitous Christmas songs, like “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” and “I Heard The Bells On Christmas” Day.” Hosted by Mark Chilla.

The Great American Songbook Blacklist (A Labor Day Special)

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

A special perfect for Labor Day! The Hollywood Blacklist didn’t only affect the film industry. On this show, we look at the repercussions it had for working musicians in the 1950s, like Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, and Yip Harburg.

Hollywood-sign-small_small An Afterglow special perfect for Labor Day, exploring the cross between politics, labor, and the entertainment industry! Between 1947 and 1960, the American entertainment industry was embroiled in a manufactured scandal. The threat of communism had apparently run amok, artists were forced to testify before Congress, and countless entertainers were blacklisted for their communist ties. While the blacklist was mostly applied to Hollywood screenwriters, many in the music industry were also affected. This hour, we’ll explore the history of the so-called “Red Channels” in music, and hear how it affected singers and songwriters like Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Yip Harburg, and more.

It's Witchcraft: Songs For A Haunted Holiday (Halloween Special)

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

On this episode, we explore some of the most haunting, bewitching, and eerie tunes from the Great American Songbook for the haunted holiday of Halloween, performed by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Mel Torme, and more.


This week, I have for you a program made just for Halloween. Coming up this hour, we’ll hear some of the spookiest numbers from the Great American Songbook. I have some familiar tunes about spells, ghosts, and witchcraft, sung by Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Frank Sinatra. We’ll also hear some novelty Halloween songs by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross and Louis Armstrong. And Mel Tormé will bring us an eerie number often curiously referred to as the “Hungarian Suicide Song.”

AG 20-28: João Gilberto: The Father of Bossa Nova, 7/6/2020

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow series | 59:00

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 tribute to Gilberto, who passed away on July 6, 2019, one year ago this week.

220px-getz-gilberto_small One year ago this week, the world lost a giant of 20th-century music, João Gilberto, the father of bossa nova. In the late 1950s, Gilberto became a symbol of a burgeoning Brazil, creating music full of youthful rhythmic vitality and cool detachment. Soon, this “bossa nova” or “new style” became a major cultural export, going global in the 1960s and rippling through the jazz and pop scene in America. Coming up, I’ll chronicle Gilberto’s career—and butcher a lot of Portugeuse in the process—looking at his solo work and his collaborations with jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

AG 21-04: Jazz Digs Disney, 1/18/2021

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow series | 59:00

Disney. The soundtrack of our childhood. This week on Afterglow, I’ll explore the jazz side of Disney songs, including classic and modern interpretations of old favorites, and how jazz history intertwines with the "House of Mouse"


This week, we’re going to Disney World. Beginning in the late 1930s, many of America’s best songwriters began to work for the “House of Mouse.” Songwriters like Sammy Cahn, Ned Washington, Peggy Lee, and more all wrote music for Disney films. And great musicians, like Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby, and Peggy Lee, all contributed their voices to those same animated features. On this episode, we’ll explore further the connection between jazz and Disney, including classic and modern jazz interpretations of iconic Disney songs.

AG 21-22: The Songs That Won The War, 5/24/2021

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow series | 59:00

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 of World War II, sung by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, and more.


I think it was Irving Berlin who once said “music makes history, history makes music.” And this week on this show, I’ll be exploring the music of an important historical event: World War II. Throughout the early 1940s, music played a key role in the war effort for America, serving as a way to boost morale, channel anger towards the Axis powers, or grapple with those complex, extraordinary feelings of loss. Coming up, it’s a Memorial Day special, focusing on these World War II songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Kate Smith, and more