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April 12, 2017

 

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The Jazz Monk: Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century--and he was also a passionate jazz fan.

March 31, 2017

 

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The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby

Ashby turned the harp into a swinging and dynamic instrument for jazz.

March 24, 2017

 

Thelonious Monk and Pannonica de Koenigswarter

Nica’s Tempo: More Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

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.

February 3, 2017

 

Front cover of Mosaic Records Savoy set

Boppin’ On Savoy: Bebop And Savoy Records In The Late 1940s

On fire in the late Forties: one label's contribution to a sea-change in jazz.

January 15, 2017

 

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking

Night Lights For MLK Day: Jazz And More

Some programs and articles posted in honor of the civil-rights icon.

December 28, 2016

 

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Take Five X 18: Writings On Jazz For NPR’s A Blog Supreme

Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.

December 28, 2016

 

Cover of Thad Jones Mel Lewis Resonance CD

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2016

Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective survey of reissues and previously unreleased recordings.

December 21, 2016

 

Cover of Joe Williams holiday CD

A Night Lights Wonderland

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.

December 14, 2016

 

Cover of Toshiko Akiyoshi's tribute to Bud Powell

Bud’s Buds: Barry Harris And Toshiko Akiyoshi

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.

December 7, 2016

 

Cover of LP documenting Dizzy Gillespie's 1948 Pleyel jazz concert.

Bebop Comes To Europe

Continental bop: in the years following the end of World War II, European jazz lovers embraced the new music coming from America.

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Full Moon And Empty Arms: Classical Melodies In Popular Song

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We explore the classical music origins of jazz and pop standards like “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads,” “Lover, Come Back To Me,” and “Full Moon and Empty Arms.”

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