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.
Wilson's records blended big-band and small-group elements with pop orchestration and doses of soul that could be both big-city hip and suburban cool.
In 1971 Columbia Records signed four of modern jazz's greatest artists. Within two years all four were gone. What happened?
Six albums as a leader. Sideman appearances with John Coltrane, Bud Powell, and Jimmy Smith. The story of trombonist Curtis Fuller's first year on record.
Liston was a trailblazer for women in 20th century jazz, a master trombonist and arranger who forged partnerships with some of the music's most key figures.
The most comprehensive portrait of Lester Young in his prime that's ever been assembled.
A prolific and diverse year for Art Blakey; a turnaround for John Coltrane; continuing momentum for Sonny Rollins; and an astonishing debut for Curtis Fuller.
Links from past to present: signs of the Nina Simone revival.
Books about the urban centers of 20th century America that played host to vital proving grounds for generations of jazz musicians.
Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective look back at the year's historical jazz releases.
Big Apple news: Night Lights will now be carried every Saturday by WBGO, which broadcasts to the New York City market.