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.
Long before the rise of the black-pride movement in the 1960s, Ellington was writing music that celebrated African-American culture, personalities, and history.
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.
In 1971 Columbia Records signed four of modern jazz's greatest artists. Within two years all four were gone. What happened?
The most comprehensive portrait of Lester Young in his prime that's ever been assembled.
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.
Links from past to present: signs of the Nina Simone revival.
Books about the urban centers of 20th century America that played host to vital proving grounds for generations of jazz musicians.
Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective look back at the year's historical jazz releases.
Big Apple news: Night Lights will now be carried every Saturday by WBGO, which broadcasts to the New York City market.