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Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands

Cover for Charlie Parker big Band LP

We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?

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Now Hear This: Duke Pearson’s Big Band

Album cover for Duke Pearson's 1968 big-band album

Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.

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The Thad Jones Songbook

Photo of Thad Jones composing

"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.

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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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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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This Week On Afterglow

Duet: Doris Day and Andre Previn

Doris Day Andre Previn Duet

Doris Day is a celebrated American movie icon—but there’s much more to her legacy than PILLOW TALK.

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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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