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/.

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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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This week on Afterglow, we explore the work of one of vocal jazz's first innovators, Connee Boswell, whose swinging and complex style influenced th...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Lorez Alexandria
This week, I’ll introduce you to the music of two underrated female singers, revered among jazz aficionados: Lorez Alexandria and Ethel Ennis.

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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The rich baritone of Lou Rawls could sing R&B, jazz, blues, gospel, and pop. This week, we’ll explore his early work for Capitol in the 1960s.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Johnny Hartman's 1964 Impulse Album Cover
Few singers had as much of an influence on the next generation as the suave, full-throated “Mr. E” Billy Eckstine. This week, we’ll explore the wor...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we pay tribute to songwriter Billy Strayhorn. We’ll hear the sophisticated melancholy of Duke Ellington’s right-hand man in...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Carmen McRae's 1958 album "Birds Of A Feather", Credit: Album Cover
This week, “Baltimore Oriole,” “Skylark,” “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” and other songs about birds from the Great American Songbook.

  • Added: Jan 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Disney. The soundtrack of our childhood. This week on Afterglow, I’ll explore the jazz side of Disney songs, including classic and modern interpret...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Singers Lucy Reed and Lucy Ann Polk never spent time in the spotlight, but their output of songs from the 1950s are worthy of some close attention,...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Was “Heat Wave” an Irving Berlin song or a Martha and the Vandellas song? Was “In The Still of the Night” a Cole Porter song or a Five Satins song?...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Ring in the New Year with Afterglow, as we explore songs and standards about new beginnings, including “Let’s Begin,” “Begin The Beguine,” and “I’m...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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At the end of a stressful year, relax with Afterglow this week, as I play some peaceful holiday songs to soothe your soul, sung by Ella Fitzgerald,...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Kurt Elling's 2016 Christmas album "A Beautiful Day"
With the holidays right around the corner, Afterglow this week will explore some more modern takes on Christmas favorites, sung by contemporary jaz...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Legendary trumpeter and educator Clark Terry had a career that lasted for nearly 70 years. This week, for his centennial celebration, we’ll explore...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Dave Brubeck was one of the most influential jazz pianists of the 20th century, and for the celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday,...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Louis Jordan
It’s Thanksgiving, so take a seat at the dinner table with Afterglow this week, as we explore classic jazz and popular songs about food by singers ...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s been an odd 6 months for the music industry, but this week, we’ll explore what’s new in vocal jazz by artists like Diana Krall, Gregory Porter...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we salute the great Mose Allison, a one-of-a-kind jazz singer, songwriter, and pianist, known for his unique combination of...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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On this program, I’ll highlight some of “The Divine One” Sarah Vaughan’s best jazz work on the Mercury label in the late 1950s, including albums li...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore some of the most haunting, bewitching, and eerie tunes from the Great American Songbook for the haunted Holiday ...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2020
  • 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: Oct 05, 2020
  • Length: 59:00