Charlie Parker was only 34 when he died in 1955, but he'd already changed the sound of jazz forever. Fans and fellow musicians were determined to celebrate him.
Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights for a look at the relationship between work songs and jazz, with music from Ellington, Mingus and more.
Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan were just a few of the musicians who showed up to help inaugurate the Monterey Jazz Festival.
In the 1950s and 60s the race for space loomed large in the cultural imagination, and jazz artists such as Duke Ellington and Sun Ra picked up on the theme.
Brother, where are you? Right here on the bandstand.
Programs from the Night Lights archives featuring live performances, a signal year, and Thelonious Monk.
A new book examines the bandleader and composer's life in the historical context of his times.
The convergence of two stellar events: the birth of John Coltrane and the beginning of autumn.