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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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50 Pieces

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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
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This week on Afterglow, I’ll explore the phenomenon of the family vocal group in popular song, looking at the Boswell Sisters, the Andrew Sisters, ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at the wild arrangements of Billy May, an arranger who worked with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, a...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the warm, intimate sound of singer Jeri Southern. Southern had a very short career. But her output of torch song...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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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