Hosted by Mark Chilla, Afterglow explores the stories of vocal jazz and popular song from the Great American Songbook. Ella, Frank, Billie, Duke – Afterglow has them all!
Apr 8th: I Could Write A Book: The Late Songs of Rodgers & Hart
In part two of a series of the songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, we take a closer look at their songs from the 1930s and 40s, including “My Funny Valentine” and “The Lady Is A Tramp.”
Apr 15th: Blue Room: The Lost Rodgers & Hart
We all know “My Funny Valentine” and “Blue Moon,” but what about “To Keep My Love Alive,” “Ten Cents A Dance” or “This Funny World”? In our final episode on Rodgers and Hart, we explore some of their rare and/or little-remembered songs.
Apr 22nd: The King Cole Trio Starts To Swing
This week, Mark Chilla talks with jazz historian Will Friedwald about the early years of Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio, as they explore some recently unearthed recordings.
Apr 29th: The Lennon/McCartney Songbook
This week, we explore the jazz side of the fab four, with a few jazz versions of Beatles songs performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Kurt Elling and many more.
May 6th: Doris Day, Jazz Singer
Doris Day was a pop star and a film star, but this week, we’ll explore the often overlooked aspect of her career: a jazz singer. Doris Day passed away one year ago this week at age 97.
May 13th: Kind of Blue: Blue Feelings In Popular Song
The “blues” is a type of song in popular music. But blue is also a color and feeling. This week, we look at blue songs that are not your traditional 12-bar blues, including “It’s A Blue World,” “Little Girl Blue,” “Blue Moon,” and “Serenade In Blue.”
May 20th: Peggy Lee, the Singer-Songwriter
For Peggy Lee’s 100th birthday on May 26, 2020, we explore songs that she both wrote and performed, including “It’s A Good Day,” “I Don’t Know Enough About You,” and “Fever.”
May 27th: The Ladies of Bethlehem
This week on Afterglow, I explore some of the female jazz singers who got their first shot on the small upstart record label known as Bethlehem in the 1950s. We’ll hear music from singers Chris Connor, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, and more.