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Ellington Ending: Duke Ellington 1967-73

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In the late 1960s an aging Duke Ellington faced a changing musical landscape and the loss of his longtime writing partner, Billy Strayhorn. How did he respond?

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The Jazz Monk: Thomas Merton

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Thomas Merton was one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century--and he was also a passionate jazz fan.

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The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby

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Ashby turned the harp into a swinging and dynamic instrument for jazz.

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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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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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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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Mel Tormé, The Singer-Songwriter

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"Born To Be Blue," "A Stranger In Town," "Welcome To The Club" and other songs written and performed by Mel Tormé.

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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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