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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

July 25, 2012

 

noiratnight

The Big Support: Cracking The Case For Night Lights

It's really no mystery: Night Lights relies on listeners like you to keep the stories and sounds of classic jazz on the air and online.

July 23, 2012

 

Getz 1961

1961: New Jazz Frontier

It was 1961, and America had a new, young president...the Cold War turned up a notch…and jazz continued to evolve in ear-opening ways.

April 26, 2012

 

Trumpeter Don Cherry

Communion: Don Cherry In The 1960s

In the 1960s cornetist Don Cherry, who had to come to fame as a member of Ornette Coleman’s quartet, began to forge his own musical path.

April 24, 2012

 

1958-1964

Jazz For Mad Men: Hits From The 1960s

Night Lights welcomes the return of the television series MAD MEN this week with a program devoted to popular jazz from the era in which the show takes place.

December 21, 2011

 

Basically Baker

The David Baker Songbook

One of the most renowned jazz educators in America joins Night Lights this week as we take a look at his compositional legacy.

November 6, 2011

 

Chet Baker

Live From The Netherlands: The Sesjun Radio Shows

From 1973 to 2004 the Dutch radio show “Tros Sesjun” broadcast live jazz every week, featuring artists such as Bill Evans in their late-period prime.

October 20, 2011

 

big band small groups

The Big Bands’ Little Bands

The swing era may have been the age of the big bands, but bandleaders often found it worth their while to break small groups out of their larger orchestras.

October 5, 2011

 

Jazz musicians at Gennett

The Big Speakeasy: Jazz And Prohibition

America in the 1920s: Wall Street was on the rise, cops were on the take, jazz was in the air, and alcohol had been banished—but it certainly hadn’t vanished.

September 27, 2011

 

birdland broadcasts

Burning With Bud: Bud Powell Live 1944-1953

The great bebop pianist on the radio and in concert with Cootie Williams, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and as the leader of his own trio.

September 20, 2011

 

Chico Hamilton Impulse

A Different Journey: Chico Hamilton In The 1960s

Chico Hamilton had gained fame with a 1950s quintet often defined as “chamber jazz,” but at the dawn of the 1960s he began to head in a new artistic direction.

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Mark Murphy: The Muse Years

the cover of Mark Murphy's LP BRIDGING A GAP.

In the early 1970s singer Mark Murphy returned from Europe and began a 20-year run of some of the most artistically successful records of his career.

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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