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April 21, 2017

 

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Ella Fitzgerald On Decca

In honor of Ella Fitzgerald's centennial on April 25, 2017, we look at the singer's early career on Decca Records.

March 24, 2017

 

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Songs Of The Season: Spring 2017

"It Might As Well Be Spring," "April In Paris," "Spring Is Here," and other odes to the spring season.

March 17, 2017

 

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Voices On The Air: Bing & Frank

This week, we highlight the radio broadcasts of two superstars: Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

March 10, 2017

 

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Detroit’s Jazz Songbirds

Singers like Betty Carter, Sheila Jordan, and Della Reese can all trace their roots to Detroit's jazz scene.

February 24, 2017

 

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Put Down The Horn: Jazz’s Unlikely Singers

The part-time jazz vocalists, including trumpeter Chet Baker, drummer Buddy Rich, and clarinetist Benny Goodman.

February 17, 2017

 

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Good Morning, Heartache: Broken Hearts In Popular Song

Torch songs and other heartbreakers from the Great American Songbook, sung by Billie Holiday, Julie London, and Chet Baker.

February 10, 2017

 

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Grammy Award Preview 2017

Some of the nominees for Best Jazz Vocal and Best Traditional Pop album for the 2017 Grammy Awards.

January 27, 2017

 

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Lost In The Stars: The Kurt Weill Songbook

We explore the songs of German composer Kurt Weill, including "Mack The Knife," "September Song," and "Speak Low."

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Final Miles: Miles Davis On Warner Brothers

Cover of Miles Davis'  1986 TUTU album.

In 1986 Miles Davis began what would prove to be his final run of recordings, working with new collaborators and making some surprising sideman appearances.

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Night Lights is WFIU's weekly program of classic jazz hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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