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Daddy-O! Father-And-Son Teams In Jazz

Night Lights pays tribute to the Father's Day holiday with music from Von and Chico Freeman, Duke and Mercer Ellington, Jackie and Rene McLean, and more.

  • Freeman and Freeman

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    Von and Chico Freeman.

  • Wynton and Ellis Marsalis

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    Ellis and Wynton Marsalis.

  • Jackie McLean Dynasty

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    Jackie and Rene McLean.

  • Brubecks

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    Dave and Darius, Chris, and Dan Brubeck.

Hey Dad, can I borrow the saxophone keys? Night Lights crosses the generational divide this week with an exploration of father-and-son teams in jazz:

  • How did Duke Ellington come to use his son Mercer as a songwriter?
  • What father-and-son record date prompted a young jazz reviewer named Studs Terkel to proclaim it “an ear opener for jazz bigots and cultists?”
  • What famous saxophonist used his 10-year-old son as a drummer on a recording date for a renowned jazz label?
  • Which two regionally-known jazz veterans gained some well-deserved limelight as a result of their sons’ rise to fame in the jazz world?

Find out all of this and more on “Daddy-O: Father-and-Son Teams in Jazz” on this Night Lights Father’s Day special.

More about father-and-son teams in jazz:

Watch Von and Chico Freeman on stage together at Montreux in 1982:

Watch Ellis Marsalis and three of his sons (Wynton, Branford, and Jason) performing together:

Watch Dave Brubeck with three of his sons during the “Two Generations of Brubeck” era:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCRWw_jHHNI

Special thanks to Chuck Nessa, Rod Stasick, and John Shelton.

Music Heard On This Episode

Nostalgic Impressions
Ellis/Wynton/Branford Marsalis — Fathers and Sons (Columbia, 1982)
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Nostalgic Impressions
Ellis/Wynton/Branford Marsalis — Fathers and Sons (Columbia, 1982)
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Jumpin' Punkins
Duke/Mercer Ellington — Never No Lament (RCA, 2003)
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Moon Mist
Duke/Mercer Ellington — Never No Lament (RCA, 2003)
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S.P. Blues
Albert/Gene Ammons — Blues, Boogie and Bop (Polygram, 1995)
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Jug Ain't Gone
Von/Chico Freeman — Fathers and Sons (Columbia, 1982)
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A Tribute to Our Fathers
Von/Chico Freeman — Fathers and Sons (Columbia, 1982)
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Twelve's It
Ellis/Wynton/Branford Marsalis — Fathers and Sons (Columbia, 1982)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Street of Dreams
Ellis/Wynton Marsalis — Standard Time V. 3: the Resolution of Romance (Sony, 1990)
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J. Mac's Dynasty
Jackie/Rene McLean — Dynasty (Peter Pan, 1990)
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The Empty Foxhole
Ornette/Denardo Coleman — The Empty Foxhole (Blue Note, 1994)
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It's a Raggy Waltz
Dave/Darius/Chris/Dan Brubeck — Brother the Great Spirit Made Us All (Collectables, 2000)
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