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David “Fathead” Newman Dead at 75

Saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman, whose blend of jazz and inimitable Lone Star soul made him an integral part of Ray Charles’ orchestra and served him through dozens of impressive leader dates, passed away from pancreatic cancer January 20th at the age of 75.

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Ella ’57: Ella Fitzgerald Flies High

Cover of Ella Fitzgerald's Like Someone In Love LP.

In 1957 singer Ella Fitzgerald recorded close to one hundred tracks as her career continued to soar in the wake of signing with Norman Granz’s Verve label.

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

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Ella Fitzgerald On Verve

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In honor of Ella Fitzgerald's centennial on April 25, 2017, we look at the singer's work for Verve records, where she recorded her famous songbook series.

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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