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July 23, 2012

 

Getz 1961

1961: New Jazz Frontier

It was 1961, and America had a new, young president...the Cold War turned up a notch…and jazz continued to evolve in ear-opening ways.

April 26, 2012

 

Trumpeter Don Cherry

Communion: Don Cherry In The 1960s

In the 1960s cornetist Don Cherry, who had to come to fame as a member of Ornette Coleman’s quartet, began to forge his own musical path.

April 24, 2012

 

1958-1964

Jazz For Mad Men: Hits From The 1960s

Night Lights welcomes the return of the television series MAD MEN this week with a program devoted to popular jazz from the era in which the show takes place.

December 21, 2011

 

Basically Baker

The David Baker Songbook

One of the most renowned jazz educators in America joins Night Lights this week as we take a look at his compositional legacy.

November 6, 2011

 

Chet Baker

Live From The Netherlands: The Sesjun Radio Shows

From 1973 to 2004 the Dutch radio show “Tros Sesjun” broadcast live jazz every week, featuring artists such as Bill Evans in their late-period prime.

October 20, 2011

 

big band small groups

The Big Bands’ Little Bands

The swing era may have been the age of the big bands, but bandleaders often found it worth their while to break small groups out of their larger orchestras.

October 5, 2011

 

Jazz musicians at Gennett

The Big Speakeasy: Jazz And Prohibition

America in the 1920s: Wall Street was on the rise, cops were on the take, jazz was in the air, and alcohol had been banished—but it certainly hadn’t vanished.

September 27, 2011

 

birdland broadcasts

Burning With Bud: Bud Powell Live 1944-1953

The great bebop pianist on the radio and in concert with Cootie Williams, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and as the leader of his own trio.

September 20, 2011

 

Chico Hamilton Impulse

A Different Journey: Chico Hamilton In The 1960s

Chico Hamilton had gained fame with a 1950s quintet often defined as “chamber jazz,” but at the dawn of the 1960s he began to head in a new artistic direction.

September 14, 2011

 

Don Ellis 1966

Jazz From Monterey: 1966

By 1966 the Monterey Jazz Festival was an established institution—but the decade’s winds of change were already starting to blow from the festival’s stage.

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