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February 3, 2017

 

Front cover of Mosaic Records Savoy set

Boppin’ On Savoy: Bebop And Savoy Records In The Late 1940s

On fire in the late Forties: one label's contribution to a sea-change in jazz.

December 28, 2016

 

Cover of Thad Jones Mel Lewis Resonance CD

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2016

Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective survey of reissues and previously unreleased recordings.

December 21, 2016

 

Cover of Joe Williams holiday CD

A Night Lights Wonderland

Climb aboard the Night Lights jazz sleigh for a burst of holiday tidings from Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and others as we celebrate the season.

December 14, 2016

 

Cover of Toshiko Akiyoshi's tribute to Bud Powell

Bud’s Buds: Barry Harris And Toshiko Akiyoshi

In 1929 two future jazz piano greats were born thousands of miles but just days apart. Both would go on to develop their art under the influence of Bud Powell.

December 7, 2016

 

Cover of LP documenting Dizzy Gillespie's 1948 Pleyel jazz concert.

Bebop Comes To Europe

Continental bop: in the years following the end of World War II, European jazz lovers embraced the new music coming from America.

November 10, 2016

 

Cover of Glenn Miller Army Air Force set

Glenn Miller Goes To War With The Army Air Force Band

Major Glenn Miller went missing over the English Channel in December 1944. For decades afterwards, much of his wartime orchestra's music went missing as well.

November 8, 2016

 

Cover of saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom's Mighty Lights LP

Jazz Women Of The 1980s

A decade that saw female artists making further inroads into the male-dominated world of jazz.

October 12, 2016

 

Cover of The Jazz Scene LP

Norman Granz’s Jazz Scene

An anthology that helped to elevate the artistic stature of jazz.

September 19, 2016

 

Front of John Coltrane's eponymous 1962 Impulse LP

Trane ’62: The Classic Coltrane Quartet Begins

In 1962 John Coltrane collaborated with Duke Ellington, recorded an all-ballads LP, and established the group now known as the Classic Quartet.

August 22, 2016

 

Photo of Lester Young in 1946

Postwar Prez: Lester Young 1945-1950

In 1945 Lester Young emerged at the age of 36 from a traumatic time in the Army to renew his career as one of jazz’s most influential and loved saxophonists.

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