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Caravan: Martial Solal, The Early Years

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"To French listeners and writers of the 1950s and 60s… Solal’s power was spectacular." Surveying the arrival of a modern jazz piano giant.

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The Greatest Bass Player In The World: Jaco Pastorius

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In the history of jazz, there are only a few innovators who’ve actually changed the sound of their instrument. Jaco Pastorius was one of them.

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Electrifying: Charlie Christian

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Christian laid the foundation for the guitar as a modern-jazz instrument, creating single-note lines and solos that swung with imagination and vitality.

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Our Delight: The Music Of Tadd Dameron

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Exploring the life and compositions of "the architect of bop."

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Teddy Wilson Set Coming From Mosaic Records, Plus A Mosaic Update

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Details about Mosaic's new set devoted to the swing-era pianist, plus Mosaic's Scott Wenzel on the label's state of health.

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Night Lights For Memorial Day

National Cemetery at Leavenworth, Kansas.

Jazz elegies, Glenn Miller's Army Air Force orchestra, Duke Ellington's Treasury broadcasts, and more.

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Night Lights For MLK Day: Jazz And More

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Some programs and articles posted in honor of the civil-rights icon.

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Take Five X 18: Writings On Jazz For NPR’s A Blog Supreme

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Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.

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Songs Of Themselves: Jazz Autobiographies

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At the intersection of performance, narrative, and remembrance: some notable jazz stories told by the musicians themselves.

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Mosaic Records Is Releasing A Savoy Bebop Set

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Coming soon: a ten-disc set of classic late-1940s bebop.

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This Week On Afterglow

Songs Of The Season: Autumn 2017

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The leaves are changing from green to red, the air outside is brisk and cool, and that means it’s time to look at autumn songs from the Great American Songbook.

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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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