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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 wfiuftp@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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This week on Afterglow, we look at songs about the comforts of home life, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, performed by Frank Sinatra, Sam Coo...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore some recent releases in the world of vocal jazz. We’ll hear from a new album by Cécile McLorin Salvant, plus Gre...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we celebrate the centennial of one of the finest, most versatile singers from 1940s and 50s: Jo Stafford. Stafford was a ch...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the legacy of Allen Toussaint, a musician whose defined the New Orleans R&B sound for much of the last 50 years....

  • Added: Oct 11, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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What do Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, and Louis Prima all have in common? Their Italian-American heritage, of course! This week on After...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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When Nat King Cole passed away in 1965, it sparked a wave of artists paying tribute to the singer, and releasing albums of his songs. This week on ...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we hear from the Grammy-nominated jazz singer and educator Tierney Sutton, and her interpretations of songs by Sting and Jo...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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I think it’s a safe bet to say that the most popular kind of the song in the Great American Songbook is the love song. And this week on Afterglow, ...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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From “Ain’t Misbehavin” to “Honeysuckle Rose,” this week on Afterglow, we’ll focus on songs from two of the most dynamic songwriters from the 1920s...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The leaves are changing from green to red, the air outside is brisk and cool, autumn is upon us. And that means it’s the time of year for Afterglow...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the hard-edged blues, the sultry jazz, and luscious pop of the versatile singer Dinah Washington. We’ll briefly ...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re flipping through the pages of the Ira Gershwin songbook. We’ll hear Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, and more performing Ira’s lyr...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Born just 10 miles apart from each other in Arkansas, Louis Jordan and Sister Rosetta Tharpe helped lay the foundation for Rock and Roll in the 194...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the songs of nighttime. We’ll hear songs like “Night and Day” and “In The Still Of The Night,” sung by Frank Sin...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the unlikely classical music origins of songs like “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads,” “Lover, Come Back To Me,” and ...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • 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 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we turn the spotlight on two of the most innovative figures in postwar musical theatre: Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernst...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1960, Frank Sinatra became the Chairman of the Board of Reprise Records. And this week on Afterglow, we’ll explore the early years and the artis...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00