Another volume of jazz elegies in honor of jazz artists who have passed on, including tributes to Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Noone, Johnny Hodges, and others.
Night Lights offers a jazz tribute to Juneteenth, the African-American holiday marking the end of slavery, with commentary from historian William Wiggins.
This 1960 movie is the only film adaptation of a Jack Kerouac novel to date, employing a jazz score and Gerry Mulligan as a hip, saxophone-playing priest.
An iconic singer, a songwriter (or two) named Irene, lost love and inspiration, and a history-mystery of identity.
On this edition of Night Lights it’s “Java Jive: Jazz Coffee Songs,” a caffeinated brew of music to help keep your weekend warm. The program includes classics such as Sarah Vaughan’s “Black Coffee” (as well as Sonny Criss’ mid-1960s instrumental version) and obscurities such as the Larks’ “Coffee, Cigarettes and Tears,” in addition to Jeri Southern’s “Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories”…
Although there had been tribute LPs to other artists before Billie Holiday–Bix Beiderbecke and Fats Waller among them–the concept really took off in the two years before and after Holiday’s death in 1959, as six albums dedicated to the iconic singer…