Slave spirituals were often improvisations upon older hymns that became entirely new songs, and in some ways they foreshadow the birth of American jazz.
In the spring of 1986, the reigning kings of college-rock came to a small Indiana university town to record their new album. Why they mattered, 30 years later.
Biographies, historical overviews, gender-studies perspectives: a list of books (and Night Lights shows) that delve into the story of women jazz artists.
At the dawn of the 1960s pianist Freddie Redd made several albums for the Blue Note label filled with taut, punchy hardbop compositions.
Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.
In 1953 a Gary, Indiana couple started what would become one of the most successful black-owned record labels, highlighting gospel, blues, R and B, and jazz.
The musical times and tales of jazz-piano veteran Hod O'Brien.
Exploring the life and music of an unheralded pianist and composer from the hardbop era.
Kickin' the gong around with Minnie, McVouty, Freddie, and other assorted jazzniks.
A bitchin' brew of hardbop, fusion, vocal, and hot-swinging jazz.