More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.
In the 1960s cornetist Don Cherry, who had to come to fame as a member of Ornette Coleman’s quartet, began to forge his own musical path.
John Coltrane revolutionized the sound of modern jazz and wrote a number of compositions that have become jazz standards.
This Memorial Day weekend Night Lights pays tribute to departed musicians with another program of jazz elegies.
Ornette Coleman's music shook up a generation of jazz artists, but some of them almost immediately began to play it.
Trumpeter Cal Massey was an African-American jazz composer, little-known now and in his lifetime, but whose work was recorded by musicians such as John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Parker, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, McCoy Tyner, and Archie Shepp. In the 1960s Massey made his Brooklyn home into a kind of community center for jazz artists and produced…
Takes on the standards from Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and more.