The career of a talented and perennially-unsung trumpeter.
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?
Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.
"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.
The notion of hip has been at the heart of American counterculture since the 1940s, and it’s often included jazz as part of its soundtrack.
Birdland was known as “the jazz corner of the world,” and from 1949 to 1965 it played host to some of the greatest names on the modern jazz scene.
More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.
Historian Michael McGerr discusses Ellington's musical portrayals of the African-American experience.
Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, John Carter, and Wynton Marsalis all undertook a weighty artistic task--to represent the history of African-Americans in music.
Night Lights will begin airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST on Chicago's primary jazz station.