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October 8, 2007


Portrait of Max: Max Roach, 1924-2007

Max RoachMax Roach was a revolutionary bebop drummer, a leader of the classic Clifford Brown-Sonny Rollins hardbop quintet, a social activist, jazz educator and intellectual, a forerunner of Do-It-Yourself recording, and an explorer of the avant-garde…among other things. Max Roach contained multitudes, and his death in August of 2007 reverberated across the jazz world as if it were a long solo being played on a cosmic drumset. This program, an audio snapshot of his career on record, features his work with pianists Herbie Nichols and Bud Powell, his hardbop configurations with Clifford Brown and Sonny Rollins…

September 14, 2007


Night Lights Archive Connection: Jazz From Rehab

Sounds of SynanonThis weekend’s upcoming program, The Connection, takes a look at the music and movie version of Jack Gelber’s award-winning play about heroin addicts, a number of whom are jazz musicians. As a companion Night Lights program from our archives, check out Resolution: Jazz From Rehab, which features two early-1960s albums made by jazz musicians either in recovery or emphasizing…

September 1, 2007


Kerouac Blues and Haiku

Jazz And Jack Kerouac

On the Road, like many of Kerouac's other writings, celebrated and invoked the music of Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and many other jazz greats.

August 29, 2007


Bird’s Birthday: Charlie Parker

Charlie ParkerLet us now praise famous avises: Charlie Parker, born August 29, 1920. Parker’s been in the air a lot lately, what with the death of his bebop compatriot Max Roach. Like Billie Holiday, his art is still somehow strong enough to defy all of the categorization and commodification that’s been heaped onto it. A hipster saint he may be, but burn your candles for the hard grace of his music. Suggested Night Lights listening: our August 2005 At the Birth of Bop program…

May 19, 2007


Jazz DJ

Jivin’ With the DJs: Jazz Tributes

In the 1940s and 50s the colorful, laidback radio personalities who helped introduce bebop and other new music to audiences inspired tributes from musicians.

February 10, 2007


Cover of Cal Massey's BLUES TO COLTRANE album.

Soulful Days: the Cal Massey Songbook

Exploring the work of an unheralded jazz composer.

January 6, 2007


Sounds From Riker's Island

Resolution: Jazz From Rehab

Jazz and recovery meet on two unique 1960s jazz albums.

December 31, 2005


New Year's Eve

The New Year’s Eve Jam

Ring in 2016 with poets, jazz masters, and standup comics.

August 27, 2005


At the Birth of Bop

BirdDizSeveral years ago an amazing audio find came to light–a June 1945 Town Hall concert in New York City featuring Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Max Roach–the rising stars of the then-revolutionary new music bebop–accompanied by Al Haig on piano and Curley Russell on bass. The performance, captured in sound that’s stellar by the era’s standards…

May 28, 2005


Turn Out the Stars: Jazz Elegies

Lester's hatSometimes when a great jazz musician dies, another jazz musician writes a musical tribute. On this Memorial Day weekend edition of Night Lights we’ll hear elegies for Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Sonny Clark, Clifford Brown, Billie Holiday and more, from artists such as Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans…

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