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Nica’s Tempo: More Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

Thelonious Monk and Pannonica de Koenigswarter

Pannonica de Koenigswarter, aka Nica or “The Jazz Baroness,” was a friend to Thelonious Monk and other jazz artists and inspired a slew of musical tributes.

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Boppin’ On Savoy: Bebop And Savoy Records In The Late 1940s

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On fire in the late Forties: one label's contribution to a sea-change in jazz.

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Best Historical Jazz Releases 2016

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Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective survey of reissues and previously unreleased recordings.

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A Night Lights Wonderland

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Climb aboard the Night Lights jazz sleigh for a burst of holiday tidings from Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and others as we celebrate the season.

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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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Talk About The Pageant: When R.E.M. Came To Bloomington In 1986

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In the spring of 1986, the reigning kings of college-rock came to a small Indiana university town to record their new album. Why they mattered, 30 years later.

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Women In Jazz: A Bibliography

Cover of Linda Dahl's history of women in jazz, Stormy Weather.

Biographies, historical overviews, gender-studies perspectives: a list of books (and Night Lights shows) that delve into the story of women jazz artists.

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Ella Fitzgerald On Decca

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In honor of Ella Fitzgerald's centennial on April 25, 2017, we look at the singer's early career on Decca Records.

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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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