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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We continue our 100th birthday celebration of Sarah Vaughan, exploring her work for Roulette Records label in the 1960s.

  • Added: Mar 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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With a total solar eclipse just days away, we’re looking up at the sun for inspiration. We’ll hear songs of sunshine from the songbook, including “...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we're celebrating the 100th birthday of the Divine One, Miss Sarah Vaughan, looking at some of her best recordings for Mercury Records, ...

  • Added: Feb 29, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Spring is here, and so this week on Afterglow, I’ll be saluting the arrival of fairer weather with a few Songs of the Season, like “April In Paris,...

  • Added: Feb 29, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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In the early 1950s, singer June Christy broke away from Stan Kenton’s Orchestra to record solo, helping to establish the “vocal cool” style of jazz...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Carmen McRae was one of the most respected jazz singers in the business for four decades. This week, we’ll explore her early recordings for the Dec...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we celebrate singer and film star Judy Garland. We’ll chronicle her music career and feature many of her recordings from the 1940s to th...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we pay tribute to singer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte. We’ll explore his expansive recording career, which encompassed folk, calypso...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Jazz standards like “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “A Sunday Kind of Love” are not just for singers like Frank Sinatra. This week, we’ll hear the Gr...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we take a listen to the work of jazz vocalist Dakota Staton, famous for her work on Capitol Records in the 1950s, including...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the songs of two unrelated black jazz composers from the early 20th century: Spencer Williams and Clarence Willi...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Get a preview of some of the Vocal Jazz and traditional pop Grammy Nominees before the February 4th ceremony, including artists like Cecile McLorin...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Stars have always been an inspiration for songwriters, and this week on Afterglow, we’ll explore those Stardust melodies written by Hoagy Carmichae...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, I’ll explore the influence of country music on jazz and traditional pop songs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. We’ll hear coun...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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E.Y. “Yip” Harburg wrote words to some of the most memorable songs in American culture, including “Over The Rainbow” and “It’s Only A Paper Moon” a...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2023
  • 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: Dec 08, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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For Afterglow’s annual winter holiday show, we’ll explore some less familiar holiday gems from classic singers, including “Santa Claus Got Stuck In...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re celebrating the 100th birthday of bebop vocalist Bob Dorough, listening to some of his hip jazz tunes like “Devil May Care” and “Comin’ Home ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00