From time to time I get emails asking me about the theme music for Night Lights. The show’s opening theme comes from pianist and composer/arranger Mary Lou Williams; it’s called “Miss D.D.” (named in honor of Williams friend, socialite, jazz lover, and future foundation supporter of NPR Doris Duke):
For more about Mary Lou Williams, check out the Night Lights program A Brief History Of Mary Lou Williams.
The program’s closing theme (which also provided the source of the show’s title) is saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s “Night Lights” (1963 version):
Both the opening and closing themes are available as individual downloads or on CD: