In the late 1960s an aging Duke Ellington faced a changing musical landscape and the loss of his longtime writing partner, Billy Strayhorn. How did he respond?
Thomas Merton was one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century--and he was also a passionate jazz fan.
Ashby turned the harp into a swinging and dynamic instrument for jazz.
Pannonica de Koenigswarter, aka Nica or “The Jazz Baroness,” was a friend to Thelonious Monk and other jazz artists and inspired a slew of musical tributes.
On fire in the late Forties: one label's contribution to a sea-change in jazz.
Some programs and articles posted in honor of the civil-rights icon.
Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.
Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective survey of reissues and previously unreleased recordings.
Climb aboard the Night Lights jazz sleigh for a burst of holiday tidings from Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and others as we celebrate the season.
In 1929 two future jazz piano greats were born thousands of miles but just days apart. Both would go on to develop their art under the influence of Bud Powell.