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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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Jazz Capitals Of America: A Bibliography

The cover for Samuel Charters' and Leonard Kunstadt's chronicle of NYC jazz.

Books about the urban centers of 20th century America that played host to vital proving grounds for generations of jazz musicians.

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Best Historical Jazz Releases 2014

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Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective look back at the year's historical jazz releases.

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

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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

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

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I Get a Kick: Vices in Popular Song

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On this show, we explore the times when songwriters wrote about their vices: drinking, smoking, or even chewing gum.

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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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