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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76 Pieces

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This week, we’re turning back the clock 100 years to explore how the songs of 1921, like “Ain’t We Got Fun,” “My Man,” and “I’m Just Wild About Har...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2021
  • 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: Sep 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re looking up at the moon this week, exploring jazz standards all about our lunar companion, like “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Moon River,” and many m...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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For National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ll be exploring the influence of Latin music on the American jazz and pop singers in the 1950s, including ...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2021
  • 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: Sep 07, 2021
  • 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: Aug 30, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we’re celebrating Jon Hendricks, a jazz icon who would have turned 100 years old this week. In the 1950s, Hendricks helped ...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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The songs of Irving Berlin were featured in some of Hollywood’s first “Talkies,” and this week on Afterglow, we’ll explore the songwriter’s work in...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re counting sheep with the Great American Songbook this week, as we explore standards all about dreaming, including “This Time The Dream’s On Me...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s back to school time, and this week on Afterglow, we’re exploring the many jazz singers—like Blossom Dearie, Grady Tate, Jack Sheldon and more—...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, an exploration of legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans and his few sessions with singers, including Tony Bennett, Lucy Reed, H...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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From “A Sunday Kind Of Love” all the way to “Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night of the Week),” we’re exploring days of the week as detailed in ...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re celebrating the 100th birthday of jazz guitarist Herb Ellis this week by exploring his work with notable singers including Ella Fitzgerald, A...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2021
  • 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: Jul 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, our biannual look at some new vocal jazz releases from artists working today. We’ll explore new albums by Veronica Swift, Michael Mayo, ...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, for Bastille Day, we turn to the music of Paris to hear music written "dans la Mode française," performed by Madeleine Peyr...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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On this episode, it’s a roll call of first names in the Great American Songbook, including “Nancy With The Laughing Face,” “Happiness Is A Thing Ca...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2021
  • Length: 59:00