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Jazz Her Way: Nancy Wilson In The 1960s

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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.

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The Great Columbia Jazz Purge: Coleman, Evans, Jarrett, And Mingus

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In 1971 Columbia Records signed four of modern jazz's greatest artists. Within two years all four were gone. What happened?

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Rookie Of The Year: Curtis Fuller ’57

Cover for Curtis Fuller's 1957 Blue Note LP The Opener

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.

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Proving Herself: Melba Liston, Arranger And First Lady Of Trombone

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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.

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Mosaic Records To Release Mother Of All Lester Young Box Sets

Photo of saxophonist Lester Young

The most comprehensive portrait of Lester Young in his prime that's ever been assembled.

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1957, Four Portraits In Jazz: Blakey, Coltrane, Fuller, Rollins

The cover for John Coltrane's 1957 Blue Note album BLUE TRAIN.

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.

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Nina Lives! The Nina Simone Renaissance

poster for Nina Simone documentary

Links from past to present: signs of the Nina Simone revival.

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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

Cover for John Coltrane's OFFERING cd

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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The Blues of Mose Allison and Ray Charles

Mose Allison and Ray Charles

Mose Allison and Ray Charles each created their own distinct brand of jazz, R&B, southern blues, and boogie-woogie in the late 1950s and 1960s.

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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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