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.

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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 some of the saddest songs from the Great American Songbook: songs that might just bring you to tears. It’s a loo...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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It's finally spring! And so on the next episode of Afterglow, I’ll be saluting the arrival of fairer weather with a few Songs of the Season. We’ll ...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the work of notable authors and poets—like Truman Capote, Dorothy Parker, and Langston Hughes—and the songs they...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • 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: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, I’ll explore the many singers who stood on the bandstand with Duke Ellington, including Ivie Anderson, Herb Jeffries, and e...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In the 1950s, three singers—Lee Wiley, Teddi King, and Barbara Lea—defined their career at a nightclub in Boston called Storyville. We’ll hear thei...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the King Of Swing, Mr. Benny Goodman, and the many singers who front his big band. We’ll hear Goodman with singe...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we get a little self-reflective, and explore songs from the Great American Songbook all about the art of music, including “...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Singer Keely Smith became famous as the deadpan sidekick to her husband Louis Prima, and as a ballad singer in the late 1950s. This week on Aftergl...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at the radio careers of two genuine radio superstars, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, exploring the music they made ...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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As Valentine’s Day approaches, this week on Afterglow, I’ll look at songs all about heart, including “My Heart Stood Still,” “My Foolish Heart,” an...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at singer and songwriter Matt Dennis, who wrote such standards as “Angel Eyes,” “Everything Happens To Me,” and “Vi...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, I’ll be exploring some jazz and traditional pop Grammy nominees, ahead of this weekend’s Grammy Awards. We’ll hear music by...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the many standards of Harold Arlen, including “Stormy Weather,” “Blues In The Night,” and one of the most celebr...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Buddy Rich, Credit: Library of Congress
This week on Afterglow, we look at some of full-time jazz instrumentalist, and part-time jazz singers, including Chet Baker, Buddy Rich, and Oscar ...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we remember the poet laureate of jazz Jon Hendricks, who passed away in November 2017. In the 1950s, Hendricks helped usher...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Not all winter songs are about Christmas! On this edition of Afterglow, we’ll hear some favorite wintertime songs from the Great American Songbook ...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In this holiday edition of Afterglow, we’ll ignore your Christmas standards by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Rosemary Clooney, and look instead a...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00