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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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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
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“The Way You Look Tonight,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “All The Things You Are,” and “Ol Man River” are undeniable classics, and all of these songs...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, an episode for Bastille Day. We’re heading across "la mer" and looking at the music of France. We’ll hear some songs writte...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Summertime is upon us. This week on Afterglow, I’ll be bringing you our traditional songs of the season, and play some summertime favorites sung by...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we explore the life and career of singer, actor, and activist Lena Horne, and her performances of songs by Harold Arlen, Bi...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we celebrate the centennial of singer Dave Lambert, one third of the group Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, and a pioneer in b...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we’ll hear from some new releases in the world of vocal jazz, including new recordings by Diana Krall, Gregory Porter, and ...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we examine the distinctive piano stylings of British pianist George Shearing, and listen to his partnerships with singers l...

  • Added: May 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and The Supremes are just a few of the artists you will NOT hear this week on the show, as we explor...

  • Added: May 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at songs of Mel Torme, including “Born To Be Blue” and “A Stranger In Town,” as performer by the songwriter himself...

  • Added: May 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00