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

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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

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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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Final Miles: Miles Davis On Warner Brothers

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In 1986 Miles Davis began what would prove to be his final run of recordings, working with new collaborators and making some surprising sideman appearances.

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Bob Porter’s Portraits In Soul Jazz

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Veteran producer and radio host Bob Porter joins Night Lights to talk about his book on one of jazz's most popular styles.

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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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The Jerome Kern Songbook

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"The Way You Look Tonight," "They Didn't Believe Me," "All The Things You Are," "Ol' Man River," and more memorable tunes from the pen of Jerome Kern.

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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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