Night Lights Classic Jazz

Holiday Happening

Armstrong ChristmasThe first-ever Night Lights Christmas program features music from Booker Ervin (“White Christmas” from his 1966 album Solid Structure), Ahmad Jamal (“Snowfall,” written by Terre Haute, Indiana native Claude Thornhill), Sonny Rollins (“Winter Wonderland”), Babs Gonzalez (“Bebop Santa Claus”), Bill Evans (a rare and amusing vocal take of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”), an excerpt from Dylan Thomas reading “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Composer: Mary Lou Williams

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White Christmas
Booker Ervin — Structurally Sound (Blue Note, 1966)

Notes: Composer: Irving Berlin

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Little Drummer Boy
Kenny Burrell — Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (Verve, 1966)

Notes: Composer: Davis-Onorati-Simeone

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The Swingin' Plum Fairy
Shorty Rogers — The Swingin' Nutcracker (RCA/BMG, 1960)

Notes: Composer: Tchaikovsky

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Bill Evans — Complete Bill Evans on Verve (Verve, 1964)

Notes: Composer: J. Fred Coots-Haven Gillespie

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Here Comes Santa Claus
Ramsey Lewis — Sound of Christmas (MCA, 1961)

Notes: Composer: Gene Autry-Oakley Haldeman

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Bebop Santa Claus
Babs Gonzalez — Hipster's Holiday (Rhino, 1955)

Notes: Composer: Babs Gonzalez

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We Free Kings
Rahsaan Roland Kirk — Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas (Verve, 1961)

Notes: Composer: Roland Kirk

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Merry Christmas Baby
Ramsey Lewis — Sound of Christmas (MCA/Chess, 1961)

Notes: Composer: Johnny Moore-Lou Baxter

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Winter Wonderland
Sonny Rollins — Complete Sonny Rollins RCA/Victor Recordings (RCA/Victor, 1964)

Notes: Composer: Richard B. Smith-Felix Bernard

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Snowfall
Ahmad Jamal — Traditional Jazz Christmas (GRP, 1961)

Notes: Composer: Claude Thornhill

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That's What I Want for Christmas
Nancy Wilson — Christmas Cocktails Part Three (Capitol/EMI, 2004)

Notes: Composer: Lawrence

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Christo Redentor
Duke Pearson — Mosaic Select: Duke Pearson (Mosaic/Blue Note, 1969)

Notes: Composer: Duke Pearson

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Old Fashioned Christmas
Duke Pearson — Mosaic Select: Duke Pearson (Mosaic/Blue Note, 1969)

Notes: Composer: Unknown

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A Child's Christmas in Wales
Dylan Thomas — A Child's Christmas in Wales (Harper Audio, 1952)

Notes: Composer: Dylan Thomas

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Greensleeves
Bill Smith — Folk Jazz (Contemporary/OJC, 1959)

Notes: Composer: Traditional

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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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