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January 3, 2014

 

An advertisement for one of the From Spirituals To Swing concerts.

The Music That Nobody Knows: The From Spirituals To Swing Concerts

At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.

December 30, 2013

 

The LP cover for Andrew Hill's Blue Note album BLACK FIRE.

1963: A Man’s Dream, A Nation’s Nightmare

It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times

October 23, 2013

 

The album cover for Stan Getz's SERENITY.

Late Autumn: Stan Getz, 1987-91

Long a troubled star in the mid-20th century jazz world, at the end of his life saxophonist Stan Getz found peace and made some of his finest recordings.

September 23, 2013

 

Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter Mosaic

Shorter Lee: Lee Morgan And Wayne Shorter

Trumpeter Lee Morgan and saxophonist Wayne Shorter were two of the leading lights of the 1960s hardbop era.

September 14, 2013

 

Jazz Goes To College

Jazz Goes To College

In the 1950s jazz artists discovered a new venue for their performances that took them far away from smoky nightclubs and into the halls of the academy.

May 24, 2013

 

Woody Herman First Herd

Herd Twice: Woody Herman In The 1940s

In the 1940s Woody Herman led three big bands that grew progressively in musicianship and excitement.

May 24, 2013

 

Carl Perkins jazz pianist

Turn Out The Stars: Volume Four

In musical remembrance of artists past: Night Lights returns with another program of jazz elegies.

May 17, 2013

 

Marc Myers jazz book

Why Jazz Happened, With Marc Myers

JazzWax blogger and Wall Street Journal music writer Marc Myers discusses his book about how cultural, economic, and social forces shaped the sound of jazz.

April 6, 2013

 

Freddie Hubbard CTI

Freddie Hubbard: The CTI Years

In the early 1970s trumpeter Freddie Hubbard made a series of records for the CTI label that combined hardbop, funk, modality, and 70s groove.

April 5, 2013

 

Women trumpeters

Jazz Women Of The 1940s

Women instrumentalists thrived in the upside-down jazz world of wartime America.

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