In the history of jazz, there are only a few innovators who’ve actually changed the sound of their instrument. Jaco Pastorius was one of them.
Christian laid the foundation for the guitar as a modern-jazz instrument, creating single-note lines and solos that swung with imagination and vitality.
Exploring the life and compositions of "the architect of bop."
In the 1960s a beacon of West Coast jazz became a destination for hardbop and soul-jazz acts.
Another volume of jazz elegies in honor of jazz artists who have passed on, including tributes to Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Noone, Johnny Hodges, and others.
In 1986 Miles Davis began what would prove to be his final run of recordings, working with new collaborators and making some surprising sideman appearances.
Veteran producer and radio host Bob Porter joins Night Lights to talk about his book on one of jazz's most popular styles.
In the late 1960s an aging Duke Ellington faced a changing musical landscape and the loss of his longtime writing partner, Billy Strayhorn. How did he respond?
Thomas Merton was one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century--and he was also a passionate jazz fan.
Ashby turned the harp into a swinging and dynamic instrument for jazz.