Night Lights Classic Jazz

Songs of Peace

ColtranepeaceThis week on Night Lights it’s “Songs of Peace.” We’ll hear instrumental themes using “Peace” as a title from John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Horace Silver, as well as Louis Armstrong’s 1970 take on John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance,” Bill Evans’ improvisation on Leonard Bernstein’s “Some Other Time” that came to be known as “Peace Piece,” Mahalia Jackson’s a capella version of Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Peace on Earth (excerpt)
John Coltrane — Live in Japan (Impulse, 1966)
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Peace on Earth (excerpt)
John Coltrane — Live in Japan (Impulse, 1966)
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In a Silent Way
Miles Davis — Complete In a Silent Way Sessions (Columbia/Legacy, 1968)
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Land of Peace
Harold Land — Take Aim (Mighty Quinn, 1960)

Notes: Leonard Feather composition.

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Peace
Horace Silver — Blowin' the Blues Away (Blue Note, 1959)

Notes: Horace Silver composition.

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Welcome
John Coltrane — Transition (Impulse, 1965)

Notes: John Coltrane composition.

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The Creator Has a Master Plan
Pharoah Sanders — Karma (Impulse, 1969)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Give Peace a Chance
Louis Armstrong — Louis Armstrong and His Friends (Bluebird, 1970)
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Peace
Ornette Coleman — Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic, 1959)

Notes: Ornette Coleman composition

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Peace Piece
Bill Evans — Everybody Digs Bill Evans (Riverside, 1958)
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Come Sunday
Mahalia Jackson/Duke Ellington — Black, Brown & Beige (Columbia/Legacy, 1958)

Notes: A capella outtake from the album sessions.

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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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