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February 7, 2016


Photo of baseball player Jackie Robinson

Portraits In Black: Jazz Tributes To African-American Heroes

Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.

February 1, 2016


LP cover of Eddie Harris' Exodus To Jazz

The Vee Jay Jazz Story

In 1953 a Gary, Indiana couple started what would become one of the most successful black-owned record labels, highlighting gospel, blues, R and B, and jazz.

January 26, 2016


Cover of Hod O'Brien's Have Piano Will Swing

A Portrait Of Hod O’Brien

The musical times and tales of jazz-piano veteran Hod O'Brien.

January 10, 2016


The LP cover for pianist Elmo Hope's Meditations

Hope Lives: A Portrait Of Elmo Hope

Exploring the life and music of an unheralded pianist and composer from the hardbop era.

January 6, 2016


A photo of 1940s jazz hipster figure Harry Gibson.

Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

Kickin' the gong around with Minnie, McVouty, Freddie, and other assorted jazzniks.

January 3, 2016


Bee Hive Mosaic Records set

Boppin’ On Bee Hive

Bee Hive annotator Aaron Cohen joins us to discuss the legacy of a 1970s/early 80s Chicago record label that spotlighted veteran bebop and hardbop artists.

November 16, 2015


The LP cover of Duke Ellington's

1962: Cool In Crisis

A saxophone giant returned to the scene and a swing-era icon toured the Soviet Union. Bossa nova was on the rise, and so was the avant-garde.

November 11, 2015


Cover of Richard Vacca's Boston Jazz Chronicles book.

Jazz From Storyville

Throughout the 1950s jazz promoter George Wein ran a Boston nightclub that showcased some of the music’s most notable performers.

November 2, 2015


LP cover for saxophonist Jimmy Heath's TRIPLE THREAT.

Portrait Of Jimmy Heath: The Riverside Years

Jimmy Heath was off the jazz scene for much of the 1950s, but he returned to make a string of albums that cemented his reputation as a composer and a player.

October 26, 2015


Cover of Chet Baker Last Great Concert release

Jazz Haunts For Halloween: Ghostly Songs And Mysterious Ends

Smoke dreams, sorcerers, stalking monsters, and strange exits: paranormal jazz encounters on this edition of Night Lights.

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Oh, So Nice: The Ira Gershwin Songbook


Ira Gershwin was the lyricist behind such standards as "Embraceable You," "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off," and "Long Ago (And Far Away)"

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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