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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

Recent posts by David Brent

February 17, 2015

 

The cover for Samuel Charters' and Leonard Kunstadt's chronicle of NYC jazz.

Jazz Capitals Of America: A Bibliography

Books about the urban centers of 20th century America that played host to vital proving grounds for generations of jazz musicians.

January 5, 2015

 

Cover for John Coltrane's OFFERING cd

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2014

Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective look back at the year's historical jazz releases.

October 13, 2014

 

album cover for Bud Powell's BOUNCING WITH BUD lp

The Scene Changes: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 2

Struggle, rebirth, and return: Bud Powell biographer Peter Pullman joins us again as we chronicle the final years of pianist Bud Powell.

October 10, 2014

 

Cover of Peter Pullman's Bud Powell biography WAIL

Time Flies: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 1

In the mid-1940s Bud Powell emerged as the leading pianist of bebop, but the personal troubles that would dog him throughout his career were emerging as well.

October 8, 2014

 

A view of Times Square and New York City at night from atop the Empire State Building.

Night Lights, Big City: Night Lights Debuts On WBGO This Week

Big Apple news: Night Lights will now be carried every Saturday by WBGO, which broadcasts to the New York City market.

October 8, 2014

 

The cover of Charlie Haden's Montreal Tapes trio album with Geri Allen and Paul Motian.

Ramblin’ Man: Charlie Haden

A tribute to the late bassist, whose career encompassed the avant-garde, spirituals, noir movie themes, pastoral ballads, and straightahead jazz.

September 2, 2014

 

The cover of Kenny Dorham's Quiet Kenny LP

The Durable Kenny Dorham

The career of a talented and perennially-unsung trumpeter.

August 26, 2014

 

Cover for Charlie Parker big Band LP

Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands

We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?

August 13, 2014

 

Album cover for Duke Pearson's 1968 big-band album

Now Hear This: Duke Pearson’s Big Band

Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.

August 2, 2014

 

Photo of Thad Jones composing

The Thad Jones Songbook

"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.

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The Jazz Singer-Songwriters

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On this show, we take a look at the many songwriters who performed their own songs, including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and Nina Simone.

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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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