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Ella ’57: Ella Fitzgerald Flies High

Cover of Ella Fitzgerald's Like Someone In Love LP.

In 1957 singer Ella Fitzgerald recorded close to one hundred tracks as her career continued to soar in the wake of signing with Norman Granz’s Verve label.

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Jazz, Spiritually Speaking

The LP cover of Grant Green's Blue Note album FEELIN' THE SPIRIT.

Slave spirituals were often improvisations upon older hymns that became entirely new songs, and in some ways they foreshadow the birth of American jazz.

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Ready For Freddie Redd

Cover of Freddie Redd's Shades Of Redd LP.

At the dawn of the 1960s pianist Freddie Redd made several albums for the Blue Note label filled with taut, punchy hardbop compositions.

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Portraits In Black: Jazz Tributes To African-American Heroes

Photo of baseball player Jackie Robinson

Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.

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Talk About The Pageant: When R.E.M. Came To Bloomington In 1986

Pages from R.E.M.'s 1986 concert program

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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Women In Jazz: A Bibliography

Cover of Linda Dahl's history of women in jazz, Stormy Weather.

Biographies, historical overviews, gender-studies perspectives: a list of books (and Night Lights shows) that delve into the story of women jazz artists.

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Best Historical Jazz Releases 2015: The Year The Seventies Broke

CD covers from the first batch of Xanadu reissues.

A bitchin' brew of hardbop, fusion, vocal, and hot-swinging jazz.

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Mosaic Is Releasing A James P. Johnson Set

Photo of pianist James P. Johnson

The set will chronicle Johnson's career on record from the early years of the Harlem Renaissance to the World War II era.

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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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The Great French Songbook, Part 2

Le Bing

A follow-up to The Great French Songbook, Part 1, looking at more music "dans la mode française."

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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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