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.
Links from past to present: signs of the Nina Simone revival.
Books about the urban centers of 20th century America that played host to vital proving grounds for generations of jazz musicians.
Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective look back at the year's historical jazz releases.
Big Apple news: Night Lights will now be carried every Saturday by WBGO, which broadcasts to the New York City market.
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.
Night Lights will begin airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST on Chicago's primary jazz station.
What's the music you hear each week at the beginning and end of "Night Lights"?
An update on previously-mentioned and newly-announced box-sets.