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February 7, 2014

 

Suite History, Part 2: Michael McGerr On Black History And Jazz

More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.

February 7, 2014

 

Suite History, Part 1: Michael McGerr on Duke Ellington

Historian Michael McGerr discusses Ellington's musical portrayals of the African-American experience.

February 7, 2014

 

Ellington's

Suite History: Jazz Composers And The African-American Odyssey

Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, John Carter, and Wynton Marsalis all undertook a weighty artistic task--to represent the history of African-Americans in music.

December 30, 2013

 

The LP cover for Andrew Hill's Blue Note album BLACK FIRE.

1963: A Man’s Dream, A Nation’s Nightmare

It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times

September 16, 2010

 

Duke Ellington's America

He, Too, Was America: Duke Ellington’s Sepia Panorama

A new book examines the bandleader and composer's life in the historical context of his times.

July 2, 2010

 

Armstrong Carnegie

It’s All In The Game: Louis Armstrong, 1947-1957

Jazz writer Dan Morgenstern and historian Michael McGerr join us to talk Louis Armstrong and bebop, pop ballads, the Cold War and more.

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.

October 16, 2009

 

Oscar Peterson Sings; Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art; Time Travel

Oscar Peterson as singer, a new book of jazz album covers from the 1960s and 70s, and more.

September 5, 2009

 

USA Work Program

Labor Day Weekend: Popular Song On The Picket Line

Afterglow takes a look at satirical and political protest music of the 1930s and 40s, performed by Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday and others.

June 15, 2009

 

Juneteenth

The Juneteenth Jazz Jamboree

Night Lights offers a jazz tribute to Juneteenth, the African-American holiday marking the end of slavery, with commentary from historian William Wiggins.

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