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June 19, 2017

 

Cover of Lee Morgan's Live at the Lighthouse album.

After The All-Stars: Live At The Lighthouse 1960-1972

In the 1960s a beacon of West Coast jazz became a destination for hardbop and soul-jazz acts.

May 26, 2017

 

Cover of I Remember Django LP

Turn Out The Stars: Volume 5

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.

May 23, 2017

 

Cover of Miles Davis'  1986 TUTU album.

Final Miles: Miles Davis On Warner Brothers

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.

May 15, 2017

 

Bob Porter's Soul Jazz book

Bob Porter’s Portraits In Soul Jazz

Veteran producer and radio host Bob Porter joins Night Lights to talk about his book on one of jazz's most popular styles.

April 28, 2017

 

cover of Duke Ellington's New Orleans Suite LP

Ellington Ending: Duke Ellington 1967-73

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?

April 12, 2017

 

Photo of jazz musician Dick Sisto and writer Thomas Merton.

The Jazz Monk: Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century--and he was also a passionate jazz fan.

March 31, 2017

 

Cover of Dorothy Ashby's Hip Harp LP

The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby

Ashby turned the harp into a swinging and dynamic instrument for jazz.

March 24, 2017

 

Thelonious Monk and Pannonica de Koenigswarter

Nica’s Tempo: More Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

Pannonica de Koenigswarter, aka Nica or “The Jazz Baroness,” was a friend to Thelonious Monk and other jazz artists and inspired a slew of musical tributes.

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.

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