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September 24, 2015


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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.

July 21, 2015


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Mosaic Records To Release Mother Of All Lester Young Box Sets

The most comprehensive portrait of Lester Young in his prime that's ever been assembled.

July 9, 2015


The cover for John Coltrane's 1957 Blue Note album BLUE TRAIN.

1957, Four Portraits In Jazz: Blakey, Coltrane, Fuller, Rollins

A prolific and diverse year for Art Blakey; a turnaround for John Coltrane; continuing momentum for Sonny Rollins; and an astonishing debut for Curtis Fuller.

June 25, 2015


poster for Nina Simone documentary

Nina Lives! The Nina Simone Renaissance

Links from past to present: signs of the Nina Simone revival.

February 17, 2015


The cover for Samuel Charters' and Leonard Kunstadt's chronicle of NYC jazz.

Jazz Capitals Of America: A Bibliography

Books about the urban centers of 20th century America that played host to vital proving grounds for generations of jazz musicians.

January 5, 2015


Cover for John Coltrane's OFFERING cd

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2014

Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective look back at the year's historical jazz releases.

October 8, 2014


A view of Times Square and New York City at night from atop the Empire State Building.

Night Lights, Big City: Night Lights Debuts On WBGO This Week

Big Apple news: Night Lights will now be carried every Saturday by WBGO, which broadcasts to the New York City market.

February 7, 2014


Suite History, Part 2: Michael McGerr On Black History And Jazz

More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.

February 7, 2014


Suite History, Part 1: Michael McGerr on Duke Ellington

Historian Michael McGerr discusses Ellington's musical portrayals of the African-American experience.

February 4, 2014


CD cover for WDCB jazz anthology

Night Lights Debuts This Week On WDCB-Chicago

Night Lights will begin airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST on Chicago's primary jazz station.

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Songs of the Season: Autumn 2015

Dinah Washington-September in the Rain

Afterglow's salute to falling leaves and pumpkin spice with the best autumn songs from the Great American Songbook.

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