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“Dear Martin” Around the U.S., Bill Evans and the Two Debbys, the Ellington Treasury Series, and More

*A number of radio stations around the country have picked up the Night Lights show Dear Martin: Jazz Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. Station links and air dates follow:

WGBH-Boston: Monday, Jan. 21 from midnight-1 a.m. EST

KZYX-Mendocino County, California: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. Pacific time

KSJD-Cortez, Colorado: Monday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.

KCCK-Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

WSNC-Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Monday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m.

WMUB-Oxford, Ohio: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

South Dakota Public Radio: Monday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.

WNCU-Durham, North Carolina: no broadcast dates yet reported

KMUN-Washington and Oregon coast: no broadcast dates yet reported

WVAS-Montgomery, Alabama: Jan. 15 (already aired)

*On the heels of Who’s the Bill Evans Cover Girl?: were there actually two Debbys for whom Bill Evans wrote “Waltz for …”? Marc Myers turns up more than one near the end of his Mundell Lowe interview.

*Trumpeter Don Ayler, brother of avant-garde icon Albert Ayler, passed away this past autumn, provoking some note on several jazz discussion boards, but little elsewhere. A detailed remembrance appeared today in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

*Some new sites added to the Links page: Noal Cohen’s Jazz History Website, which includes features on several artists you might have also heard on Night Lights (Gigi Gryce and Teddy Charles, for starters). Also added: the Hep label (especially good for 1930s-50s jazz CDs) and Storyville Records–which informed me yesterday that they are finally resuming their Duke Ellington Treasury series, featuring weekly broadcasts that the Ellington orchestra made in the mid-1940s to help sell war bonds:

We plan to release Vol. 13 during the Duke Ellington
Conference in London in May.

Good news! You can view Storyville’s entire Ellington Treasury series here.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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