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Suite History: Jazz Composers And The African-American Odyssey

Ellington's

Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, John Carter, and Wynton Marsalis all undertook a weighty artistic task--to represent the history of African-Americans in music.

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The Music That Nobody Knows: The From Spirituals To Swing Concerts

An advertisement for one of the From Spirituals To Swing concerts.

At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.

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1963: A Man’s Dream, A Nation’s Nightmare

The LP cover for Andrew Hill's Blue Note album BLACK FIRE.

It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times

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Late Autumn: Stan Getz, 1987-91

The album cover for Stan Getz's SERENITY.

Long a troubled star in the mid-20th century jazz world, at the end of his life saxophonist Stan Getz found peace and made some of his finest recordings.

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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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Night Lights Debuts This Week On WDCB-Chicago

CD cover for WDCB jazz anthology

Night Lights will begin airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST on Chicago's primary jazz station.

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Night Lights’ Theme Songs: Mary Lou Williams And Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan's Night Lights album cover

What's the music you hear each week at the beginning and end of "Night Lights"?

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Mosaic Records To Release Clifford Jordan Set

Clifford Jordan Glass Bead Game

An update on previously-mentioned and newly-announced box-sets.

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Brubeck Time

Dave Brubeck

Much time out across the jazz world and beyond for Mr. Brubeck.

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This Week On Afterglow

Where The Rainbow Hits The Ground: Hoagy Carmichael In Hollywood

Still photo of Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall in the 1944 film TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.

Hoagy Carmichael was already a successful songwriter when he moved to Hollywood in 1936, but it was the movies that made him a familiar face to millions.

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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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