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Electrifying: Charlie Christian

Guitarist Charlie Christian

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

The book jacket for Paul Combs' biography of jazz musician Tadd Dameron

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

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After The All-Stars: Live At The Lighthouse 1960-1972

Cover of Lee Morgan's Live at the Lighthouse album.

In the 1960s a beacon of West Coast jazz became a destination for hardbop and soul-jazz acts.

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Turn Out The Stars: Volume 5

Cover of I Remember Django LP

Another volume of jazz elegies in honor of jazz artists who have passed on, including tributes to Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Noone, Johnny Hodges, and others.

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

Cover of Teddy Wilson 78 album

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

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking

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

Cover of Art Pepper's book Straight Life

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

cover of Savoy bebop LP

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

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This Week On Afterglow

Full Moon And Empty Arms: Classical Melodies In Popular Song

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We explore the classical music origins of jazz and pop standards like “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads,” “Lover, Come Back To Me,” and “Full Moon and Empty Arms.”

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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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