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Portrait Of Jimmy Heath: The Riverside Years

LP cover for saxophonist Jimmy Heath's TRIPLE THREAT.

Jimmy Heath was off the jazz scene for much of the 1950s, but he returned to make a string of albums that cemented his reputation as a composer and a player.

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Jazz Haunts For Halloween: Ghostly Songs And Mysterious Ends

Cover of Chet Baker Last Great Concert release

Smoke dreams, sorcerers, stalking monsters, and strange exits: paranormal jazz encounters on this edition of Night Lights.

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Return To Xanadu: Rebirth Of A Label

CDs from the Xanadu reissue series.

In the 1970s Xanadu Records chronicled bebop and hardbop musicians who'd become overshadowed by the bright, loud light of fusion. Now the label's LPs are back.

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First Fusion: Jazz-Rock Before Bitches Brew

cover for the Free Spirits' Out Of Sight And Sound LP

In the late 1960s, young musicians such as The Free Spirits, the Fourth Way, and other now-forgotten fusioneers made the first attempts to blend jazz with rock.

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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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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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This Week On Afterglow

Recent Releases for 2015, Part 2

The Silver Lining

A roundup of recent releases in the world of vocal jazz and traditional pop from the second half of 2015

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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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