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January 3, 2014

 

An advertisement for one of the From Spirituals To Swing concerts.

The Music That Nobody Knows: The From Spirituals To Swing Concerts

At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.

March 21, 2009

 

Nellie Lutcher’s Real Gone Rhythm

Nellie LutcherThis week on Night Lights we pay tribute to the pianist and singer who passed away in 2007 at the age of 94. A product of the thriving mid-20th century Central Avenue Los Angeles scene, in the late 1940s Lutcher scored a series of hits such as “Hurry On Down” and “Fine Brown Frame” that blended jazz, pop, blues and R & B in a way that made her one of the era’s first crossover stars.

July 15, 2007

 

Betty Roche Singin' and Swingin'

When Betty Met The Duke: Betty Roche

"Betty Roche was an unforgettable singer," Duke Ellington wrote of his former vocalist in 1973. "She never sounded like anybody but Betty Roche."

March 19, 2005

 

Why Don’t You Do Right: Una Mae Carlisle and Lil Green

Una Mae CarlisleUna Mae Carlisle and Lil Green both were popular jazz-and-blues singer-songwriters in the 1940s; both spawned hits for Peggy Lee; and both are largely forgotten today. Carlisle, a teenage piano-playing protege of Fats Waller, wrote and recorded the hits…

March 12, 2005

 

Even White Girls Get the Blues

“Even White Girls Get the Blues” is a look at three late-1950s blues-concept LPs by white female vocalists. Selections are included from Lee Wiley’s 1957 RCA album A Touch of the Blues (backed by Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra), Julie London’s 1957 “blues noir” LP About the Blues, and Jo Stafford’s 1959 concept record…

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