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May 27, 2011

 

Duke Ellington

Reminiscing In Tempo: Remembrance In Jazz And Popular Song

A convergence of grief, memory and music for Memorial Day.

September 14, 2010

 

TjaderMonterey

Jazz From Monterey: 1958, The Birth Of A Festival

Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan were just a few of the musicians who showed up to help inaugurate the Monterey Jazz Festival.

May 29, 2010

 

Billie Holiday Last Recording

The Last: Final Recordings Of Jazz Greats

In the final months of their lives, jazz artists have sometimes made recordings of great power and poignancy.

January 22, 2010

 

Cafe Society book

Cafe Society: The Wrong Place For The Right People

Cafe Society was New York City's first integrated nightclub and a cultural flashpoint for artists, jazz musicians, intellectuals, and activists of the 1940s.

July 17, 2009

 

Billie Holiday

Lady Day Remembered: Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday died 50 years ago today. From the archives, Night Lights offers several musical and written remembrances.

June 29, 2009

 

Satchmo, Take Two: Louis Armstrong At The Movies

Trumpeter, vocalist and a dynamic entertainer, Louis Armstrong showcased all these aspects of his talent in 28 full-length films and several short features.

June 28, 2009

 

Night Lights On Facebook: Some Shows You Might Like

You can now become a fan of Night Lights on Facebook. If you're just discovering the program through Facebook, here are some shows you might want to check out.

February 25, 2009

 

A Strange and Bitter Crop: Billie Holiday’s Song of the Century

Holiday Strange FruitWhen Harry Smith, creator of The Anthology of American Folk Music and dean of American bohemians, received a Grammy just a few months before his death in 1991, he said, “I’m glad to say that my dreams came true–that I saw America changed through music.” In the book Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, and an Early Cry for Civil Rights, David Margolick proposes that racism–a bedrock element of Americanism–was challenged and ultimately changed by a single song, a song sung by Holiday titled “Strange Fruit.”

October 9, 2008

 

The Johnny Green Songbook, Part 2

Although Johnny Green is best remembered for composing significant standards, he actually spent the bulk of his career working in the movie industry.

July 15, 2008

 

Golden Arms and Glasses: When Algren Met Holiday

Novelist Nelson Algren and singer Billie Holiday are two iconic figures of mid-20th-century American culture, though Holiday is surely better-known than Algren.

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A tribute to bandleader Artie Shaw highlighting the records he made with vocalists, including Helen Forrest, Billie Holiday, and Mel Torme.

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