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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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: Aug 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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From Frank Sinatra’s version of “Ol’ MacDonald” to Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “The Muffin Man,” we’ll explore some jazzy selections aimed at kids.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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We’ll continue our ongoing celebration of the late Tony Bennett with a look at his lengthy late-career revival. In 1986, he returned to the recordi...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, it’s part two of an exploration of colorful songs from the Great American Songbook, as we feature “Little White Lies,” “Tha...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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We continue our tribute to the late Tony Bennett, with a look at some of his sessions with solo piano, highlighting his work with jazz pianist Bill...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we’re looking at “book songs” from the songbook. Flip through the pages with Afterglow as we peruse songs about reading and writing, lik...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we explore the songs of Dorothy Fields, a Tin Pan Alley songwriter whose work stretched from the 1920s through the 1970s. We’ll sample h...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we’re sampling the songbook of composer and lyricist Frank Loesser, including songs from his musicals like "Guys And Dolls" and "How To ...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1964, Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto went from unknown to superstar nearly overnight, with her crossover hit “The Girl from Ipanema.” This wee...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we pay tribute to the incomparable Tony Bennett, who just passed away at age 96. We’ll explore the early artistry of his ne...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2023
  • 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: Jun 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re taking a look at what’s new in the world of vocal jazz, exploring some recent releases by the duo Rachael and Vilray, singer Rickie Lee Jones...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we’re celebrating the rich baritone voice of jazz singer Johnny Hartman, who would have turned 100 years old on July 3rd. We’ll explore ...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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In the 1970s, singer Roberta Flack made a name for herself performing covers of songs by folk singers and other little-known artists, creating, in ...

  • Added: May 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Before his classic period in the 1970s, “Little” Stevie Wonder was a teenager trying to find his sound. We explore the highs and lows of his first ...

  • Added: May 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Marvin Gaye's 1964 album of standards "When I'm Alone I Cry"
Soul singer Marvin Gaye was a reluctant R&B star. Gaye wanted to be a ballad singer, and he recorded the music of the Great American songbook mostl...

  • Added: May 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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The children of Baptist preachers, raised in gospel music — Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke are two of the most venerated names in soul. This week, w...

  • Added: May 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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We’ll continue highlighting the work of the “Rat Pack” this week, with a focus on “Mr. Wonderful” himself, Sammy Davis Jr. We’ll chronicle his reco...

  • Added: May 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week and next, we’ll celebrate two of the members of the so-called “Rat Pack.” This week, a close look at the life and music of “The King Of C...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the delicate touch and effortless swing of pianist Ellis Larkins, who would have turned 100 years old this week....

  • Added: Apr 17, 2023
  • Length: 59:00