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’re once again turning back the clock to the Roaring Twenties on Afterglow, to hear the songs from last century that have stuck around. We’ll foc...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Our 1920s retrospective continues this week on Afterglow, as we dive into the year 1922, exploring songs that resonated with audiences and singers ...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we’re continuing our exploration of songs from the Roaring 20s with a look at 1921, a year that spawned songs like “Ain’t We Got Fun,” “...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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On Afterglow, we’re spending the month of May turning back the clock to the Roaring Twenties, a time when the Great American Songbook was in its in...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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We continue our 100th birthday celebration of Blossom Dearie, listening to her recordings in the 1960s and 70s for the Fontana and Daffodil Record ...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2024
  • 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: Mar 29, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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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