Atomic Age Cocktail Party

Atomic Age Cocktail Party

Friday nights at 9 & Saturday nights at 11 on WILL-FM

The show, simply put, is a celebration of the golden age of the hi-fi and beyond! It's American popular music from the 1950s and 1960s with a few modern numbers thrown in for good measure.

Johnny Mandel (101)

Coming up, on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, it’s another in our Great Arrangers Series, this time with the focus on Johnny Mandel—the man who penned such hits as Shadow of Your Smile, Emily, and the theme to a certain movie and TV show set during the Koren War. We’ll hear from Frank Sinatra, June Christy, Gerry Mulligan, Natalie Cole, and more.

Crime Jazz (100)

This week, it’s the 100th episode of The Atomic Age Cocktail Party! And this time, it’s Crime Jazz! Music with driving beats and powerful brass that invoke private eyes hitting the pavement or criminals running through back alleys of a city at night. We’ll hear from Enoch Light, Irving Joseph, Skip Martin, and more.

Romantic Rendezvous (1099)

Join us this week, on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, for a Romantic Rendezvous. Lush sounds that help set the mood for those times when you turn the lights down low and turn the hi-fi up. We’ll hear from Connie Francis, The Melachrino Strings, Dinah Washington, The Percy Faith Strings, and more.

Lightly Latin (1098)

This week, on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, we’re feeling Lightly Latin. It's that mix of a driving Latin beat filtered through the cocktail cool of the Atomic Age. Music iced just right for the easy-listening, hi-fi crowd. We’ll hear from Peter Nero, Caterina Valente, Sergio Mendes, Martin Denny, and many more.

Atomic Sampler Spring 2024 (1097)

Make sure to tune in this week to The Atomic Age Cocktail Party because it’s another one of our Atomic Sampler programs. A tasting menu, of sorts, of all the great things we feature on the show. We’ll hear Bobby Troup, the Anita Kerr Quartet, Diana Dors, plus some swinging hi-fi jazz harp.

Harold Arlen (1096)

Coming up on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, the spotlight is on songwriter Harold Arlen, the man behind such classics as “Over the Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Stormy Weather,” and others. We’ll hear from Frank Sinatra, Abbey Lincoln, Judy Garland and many more.

Floral Arrangement (1095)

Good music is in bloom this week on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party. It’s a program we’re calling “Floral Arrangement”—songs from the hi-fi era about flowers. We’ll hear from Al Hirt, Julie London, Wayne Newton, Bobby Vinton and many more.

More Big Band Hi-Fi (1094)

Coming up, on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, it’s More Big Band Hi-Fi! Another look at the influences of Big Band music when it came to artists of the hi-fi era. We’ll hear from Buddy Morrow, June Christy, Ray Anthony, Syd Lawrence & His Orchestra, and many more.

Sax Appeal (1093)

We’re all about the Sax Appeal, this week on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party. It’s a sampling of some of our favorite saxophone players of the hi-fi era…with a spotlight on cool sounds of Plas Johnson. We’ll also hear from Gerry Mulligan, King Curtis, Zoot Sims, John Coltrane and many more.

Marvelous Mambos (1092)

On The Atomic Age Cocktail Party this week, it’s Marvelous Mambos! It’s another look at the mambo craze of the 1950s and its influence in the decade that followed. We’ll hear from Tito Rodriguez, Billy May and His Rico Mambo Orchestra, Cal Tjader's Modern Mambo Quintet, and many more.

About the host

Atomic Age Cocktail Party host, Jason Croft, holds a martini in one hand and a record under the other arm, while wearing a fez and a smoking jacket in this retro-style illustration.

Jason Croft has been collecting, enjoying, and programming lounge, easy-listening, and other music of the Atomic Age for over two decades. Now he is sharing this genre with you every Saturday and Sunday night with the Atomic Age Cocktail Party on WILL-FM. When he’s not knee-deep in his record collection, he’s the Technical Director for The 21st, local host for Here and Now, and one of the voices of AM580 on the weekends.

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