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The Scene Changes: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 2

album cover for Bud Powell's BOUNCING WITH BUD lp

Struggle, rebirth, and return: Bud Powell biographer Peter Pullman joins us again as we chronicle the final years of pianist Bud Powell.

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Time Flies: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 1

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In the mid-1940s Bud Powell emerged as the leading pianist of bebop, but the personal troubles that would dog him throughout his career were emerging as well.

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Ramblin’ Man: Charlie Haden

The cover of Charlie Haden's Montreal Tapes trio album with Geri Allen and Paul Motian.

A tribute to the late bassist, whose career encompassed the avant-garde, spirituals, noir movie themes, pastoral ballads, and straightahead jazz.

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The Durable Kenny Dorham

The cover of Kenny Dorham's Quiet Kenny LP

The career of a talented and perennially-unsung trumpeter.

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Night Lights, Big City: Night Lights Debuts On WBGO This Week

A view of Times Square and New York City at night from atop the Empire State Building.

Big Apple news: Night Lights will now be carried every Saturday by WBGO, which broadcasts to the New York City market.

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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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Songs Of The Season: Autumn 2014

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Afterglow takes a musical stroll through the leaves with Chet Baker, Mark Murphy, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, and other serenaders to autumn.

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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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