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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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Swing It Loud: Duke Ellington’s Early Black-Pride Music

The onscreen opening to Duke Ellington's

Long before the rise of the black-pride movement in the 1960s, Ellington was writing music that celebrated African-American culture, personalities, and history.

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Jazz Her Way: Nancy Wilson In The 1960s

Nancy Wilson 1960s

Wilson's records blended big-band and small-group elements with pop orchestration and doses of soul that could be both big-city hip and suburban cool.

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The Great Columbia Jazz Purge: Coleman, Evans, Jarrett, And Mingus

The Bill Evans Album cover

In 1971 Columbia Records signed four of modern jazz's greatest artists. Within two years all four were gone. What happened?

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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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Night Lights, Big City: Night Lights Debuts On WBGO This Week

A view of Times Square and New York City at night from atop the Empire State Building.

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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This Week On Afterglow

The King and Queen of Soul Sing Standards

Aretha and Sam

On this show, we'll hear the soulful Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin interpret 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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