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Music In All Things: W. Eugene Smith And The Jazz Loft

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How a photographer captured a creative corner of mid-20th-century American culture in images and in sound.

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Diggin’ Diz: A Musical Portrait Of Dizzy Gillespie In The 1940s

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Celebrating the early years of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in honor of his centennial.

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Caravan: Martial Solal, The Early Years

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"To French listeners and writers of the 1950s and 60s… Solal’s power was spectacular." Surveying the arrival of a modern jazz piano giant.

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The Greatest Bass Player In The World: Jaco Pastorius

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In the history of jazz, there are only a few innovators who’ve actually changed the sound of their instrument. Jaco Pastorius was one of them.

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Mosaic Records To Release Six-CD Set Of Savory Recordings

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Sing Hallelujah! Some of the 1930s and 40s jazz broadcasts captured by engineer Bill Savory will finally see a release in a physical format.

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Teddy Wilson Set Coming From Mosaic Records, Plus A Mosaic Update

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Details about Mosaic's new set devoted to the swing-era pianist, plus Mosaic's Scott Wenzel on the label's state of health.

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Night Lights For Memorial Day

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Jazz elegies, Glenn Miller's Army Air Force orchestra, Duke Ellington's Treasury broadcasts, and more.

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Night Lights For MLK Day: Jazz And More

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Some programs and articles posted in honor of the civil-rights icon.

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Take Five X 18: Writings On Jazz For NPR’s A Blog Supreme

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Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.

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Songs Of Themselves: Jazz Autobiographies

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At the intersection of performance, narrative, and remembrance: some notable jazz stories told by the musicians themselves.

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Written In The Stars: The Songs Of Harold Arlen

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"Blues In The Night," "Story Weather," and "Over The Rainbow" and many more of the blockbuster hits from songwriter Harold Arlen.

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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