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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

January 4, 2016

 

CD covers from the first batch of Xanadu reissues.

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2015: The Year The Seventies Broke

A bitchin' brew of hardbop, fusion, vocal, and hot-swinging jazz.

January 3, 2016

 

Bee Hive Mosaic Records set

Boppin’ On Bee Hive

Bee Hive annotator Aaron Cohen joins us to discuss the legacy of a 1970s/early 80s Chicago record label that spotlighted veteran bebop and hardbop artists.

November 16, 2015

 

The LP cover of Duke Ellington's

1962: Cool In Crisis

A saxophone giant returned to the scene and a swing-era icon toured the Soviet Union. Bossa nova was on the rise, and so was the avant-garde.

November 11, 2015

 

Cover of Richard Vacca's Boston Jazz Chronicles book.

Jazz From Storyville

Throughout the 1950s jazz promoter George Wein ran a Boston nightclub that showcased some of the music’s most notable performers.

November 2, 2015

 

LP cover for saxophonist Jimmy Heath's TRIPLE THREAT.

Portrait Of Jimmy Heath: The Riverside Years

Jimmy Heath was off the jazz scene for much of the 1950s, but he returned to make a string of albums that cemented his reputation as a composer and a player.

October 26, 2015

 

Cover of Chet Baker Last Great Concert release

Jazz Haunts For Halloween: Ghostly Songs And Mysterious Ends

Smoke dreams, sorcerers, stalking monsters, and strange exits: paranormal jazz encounters on this edition of Night Lights.

October 21, 2015

 

CDs from the Xanadu reissue series.

Return To Xanadu: Rebirth Of A Label

In the 1970s Xanadu Records chronicled bebop and hardbop musicians who'd become overshadowed by the bright, loud light of fusion. Now the label's LPs are back.

September 24, 2015

 

Photo of pianist James P. Johnson

Mosaic Is Releasing A James P. Johnson Set

The set will chronicle Johnson's career on record from the early years of the Harlem Renaissance to the World War II era.

September 24, 2015

 

cover for the Free Spirits' Out Of Sight And Sound LP

First Fusion: Jazz-Rock Before Bitches Brew

In the late 1960s, young musicians such as The Free Spirits, the Fourth Way, and other now-forgotten fusioneers made the first attempts to blend jazz with rock.

September 7, 2015

 

Sonny Rollins on the bridge

Crossing The Bridge: The Return Of Sonny Rollins

In 1961 saxophonist Sonny Rollins returned from a two-year sabbatical, forming new musical alliances as he plunged into a shifting and vibrant jazz landscape.

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