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To Dig Or Not To Dig: Jazz And Hip With Phil Ford

The dustjacket for Phil Ford's book DIG.

The notion of hip has been at the heart of American counterculture since the 1940s, and it’s often included jazz as part of its soundtrack.

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At The Jazz Corner Of The World: Live From Birdland

The entrance to the Birdland nightclub in New York City.

Birdland was known as “the jazz corner of the world,” and from 1949 to 1965 it played host to some of the greatest names on the modern jazz scene.

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Suite History: Jazz Composers And The African-American Odyssey

Ellington's

Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, John Carter, and Wynton Marsalis all undertook a weighty artistic task--to represent the history of African-Americans in music.

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The Music That Nobody Knows: The From Spirituals To Swing Concerts

An advertisement for one of the From Spirituals To Swing concerts.

At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.

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Suite History, Part 2: Michael McGerr On Black History And Jazz

More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.

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Suite History, Part 1: Michael McGerr on Duke Ellington

Historian Michael McGerr discusses Ellington's musical portrayals of the African-American experience.

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Night Lights Debuts This Week On WDCB-Chicago

CD cover for WDCB jazz anthology

Night Lights will begin airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST on Chicago's primary jazz station.

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Night Lights’ Theme Songs: Mary Lou Williams And Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan's Night Lights album cover

What's the music you hear each week at the beginning and end of "Night Lights"?

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Mosaic Records To Release Clifford Jordan Set

Clifford Jordan Glass Bead Game

An update on previously-mentioned and newly-announced box-sets.

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Brubeck Time

Dave Brubeck

Much time out across the jazz world and beyond for Mr. Brubeck.

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Mr. B: The Billy Eckstine Story

Photo of singer Billy Eckstine

Billy Eckstine was a cultural pioneer who became one of the first black male solo singers to find success singing love songs.

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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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