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Hep To The Holidays

Night Lights' annual holiday tribute celebrates the season with plenty of cool-Yule jazz from Chet Baker, Bob Brookmeyer, John Coltrane, Shorty Rogers and more.

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Swingin' Nutcracker

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Shorty Rogers

Night Lights‘ annual holiday tribute celebrates the season with plenty of cool-Yule jazz, including:

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Music Heard On This Episode

Greensleeves
John Coltrane — Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (Impulse/GRP, 1997)
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Greensleeves
John Coltrane — Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (Impulse/GRP, 1997)
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Cool Yule
Louis Armstrong — Hipsters' Holiday (Rhino/WEA, 1999)
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A Nutty Marche
Shorty Rogers — The Swingin' Nutcracker (RCA, 2004)
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My Little Drum
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 2000)
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Winter Wonderland
Chet Baker — Boston 1954 (Uptown Jazz, 1995)
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Snowfall
Emily Remler — East to Wes (Concord, 1990)
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Carol of the Bells
The Swingle Singers — Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas (Verve, 1989)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Bill Evans — Complete Bill Evans on Verve (Polygram, 1997)
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Santa Claus Blues
Bob Brookmeyer — Traditionalism Revisited (Essential Jazz, 2009)
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The Man I Love (take 1)
Miles Davis — Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (Prestige, 2008)
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Christmas Eve
Sascha Feinstein — Misterioso (Copper Canyon Press, 2000)

Notes: Recording of Feinstein reading poem from his book MISTERIOSO.

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Peace
Horace Silver/Andy Bey — United States of Mind (Blue Note, 2004)
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The Secret of Christmas
Ella Fitzgerald — Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas (Verve, 1989)
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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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