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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

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.

April 26, 2014

 

The dustjacket for Phil Ford's book DIG.

To Dig Or Not To Dig: Jazz And Hip With Phil Ford

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.

April 16, 2014

 

The entrance to the Birdland nightclub in New York City.

At The Jazz Corner Of The World: Live From Birdland

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.

February 7, 2014

 

Suite History, Part 2: Michael McGerr On Black History And Jazz

More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.

February 7, 2014

 

Suite History, Part 1: Michael McGerr on Duke Ellington

Historian Michael McGerr discusses Ellington's musical portrayals of the African-American experience.

February 7, 2014

 

Ellington's

Suite History: Jazz Composers And The African-American Odyssey

Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, John Carter, and Wynton Marsalis all undertook a weighty artistic task--to represent the history of African-Americans in music.

February 4, 2014

 

CD cover for WDCB jazz anthology

Night Lights Debuts This Week On WDCB-Chicago

Night Lights will begin airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST on Chicago's primary jazz station.

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What’s New: September 2014

The cover of Barbara Morrison's CD I LOVE YOU, YES I DO.

Music from Catherine Russell, Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden, Freda Payne, Dee Alexander and others.

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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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