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Jazz a la Sauter: Eddie Sauter

Arranger Eddie Sauter with Ray McKinley

Sauter's innovative and challenging arrangements gave the big-band sound an artistic sophistication that anticipated the rise of the Third Stream.

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After Brubeck: Paul Desmond In The 1970s

Cover of Doug Ramsey's Paul Desmond biography

At the end of 1967 one of the most popular groups in jazz, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, disbanded. What did its star alto saxophonist Paul Desmond do next?

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Maiden Voyage: Herbie Hancock In The 1960s

Cd cover for Herbie Hancock on Blue Note

In the 1960s Herbie Hancock seemed to be everywhere on the jazz scene, recording both as a leader for Blue Note and as a sideman with Miles Davis and others.

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Late Lady: Billie Holiday On Verve In The 1950s

Billie Holiday Lady Sings The Blues

In 1952 Billie Holiday began her last great period on record with a series of small-group sessions that capture the twilight glow of a jazz star.

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Mosaic Is Releasing A James P. Johnson Set

Photo of pianist James P. Johnson

The set will chronicle Johnson's career on record from the early years of the Harlem Renaissance to the World War II era.

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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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Live Nina!

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We feature Nina Simone, the "High Priestess of Soul," in her most natural element: live on stage at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and the Newport Jazz Festival.

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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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