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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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Birth: Early Keith Jarrett

Young Keith Jarrett

Jarrett's early solos, one critic said, "contain in them the entire history of jazz piano."

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The Scene Changes: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 2

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Struggle, rebirth, and return: Bud Powell biographer Peter Pullman joins us again as we chronicle the final years of pianist Bud Powell.

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Time Flies: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 1

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In the mid-1940s Bud Powell emerged as the leading pianist of bebop, but the personal troubles that would dog him throughout his career were emerging as well.

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Nina Lives! The Nina Simone Renaissance

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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

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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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Suite History, Part 2: Michael McGerr On Black History And Jazz

More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.

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Suite History, Part 1: Michael McGerr on Duke Ellington

Historian Michael McGerr discusses Ellington's musical portrayals of the African-American experience.

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The Voice Grows Up: Sinatra’s Early Capitol Concept Albums

Songs for Young Lovers

This week on Afterglow, our spotlight is on four groundbreaking albums that changed the career of Frank Sinatra in the mid-1950s.

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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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