Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.
"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.
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.
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.
More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.
Historian Michael McGerr discusses Ellington's musical portrayals of the African-American experience.
Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, John Carter, and Wynton Marsalis all undertook a weighty artistic task--to represent the history of African-Americans in music.
Night Lights will begin airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST on Chicago's primary jazz station.
At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.
It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times