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June 15, 2009



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.

November 18, 2008


Sassy’s Happy Sobs: Sarah Vaughan at the White House

Sarah VaughanAn article in the Sunday, November 9 New York Times about the history of African-American visitors to the White House came with a jazz twist at the end involving Sarah Vaughan. Vaughan performed at the White House in 1964 as part of a state dinner hosted by president Lyndon B. Johnson for the prime minister of Japan. In Leslie Gourse’s Vaughan biography pianist Bob James described the singer’s nervousness before her appearance in the East Room, an area with an intimacy that James compared to “working in a living room.”

July 4, 2008


Uproar Over Jazz Singer Rene Marie’s Take on the National Anthem

Jazz vocalist Rene Marie recently sang the melody of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with lyrics from "the black national anthem."

May 5, 2008


“Indiana Can Help Choose a President”: Robert Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary

RFK Boomhower book(Note: an extended audio file version includes an interview with Ray Boomhower and clips of Robert Kennedy speaking during the 1968 campaign)

“Indiana can help choose a president.” Those words, which may have a surprising relevance this year, were used by Senator Robert Kennedy to open speeches when he launched his campaign for the presidency in Indiana. In his new book, Robert Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary, Ray Boomhower provides the inside stories of how the New York senator scored an unlikely victory in the heart of the Midwest.

February 6, 2008


The program for Duke Ellington's musical

Jump For Joy: Duke Ellington’s Celebratory Musical

The inspiration came from a late-night party, a convergence of Hollywood glamour and early civil-rights activism with one of America's greatest jazz orchestras.

January 19, 2008


“Dear Martin” Around the U.S., Bill Evans and the Two Debbys, the Ellington Treasury Series, and More

A number of radio stations around the country have picked up the Night Lights show Dear Martin: Jazz Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. Station links and air dates follow:KSJD-Cortez, Colorado: Monday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m…

January 15, 2008


From the Archives: Dear Martin (Jazz Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.)

MLKToday would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 79th birthday if he were still alive, and his absence from American public life for the past 40 years remains as one of the great tragedies of our recent history. The official holiday commemorating his birth takes place next Monday, but in remembrance of his actual birthday I wanted to let readers and listeners take note of the 2006 Night Lights program Dear Martin: Jazz Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.

December 28, 2007


Paul Robeson, “Ol’ Man River,” And “Jazz Impressions of Showboat”

On December 27, 1927, the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical Show Boat made its Broadway debut at the Ziegfield Theater.

November 9, 2007


Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress

We'll hear an interview with Oscar Brown Jr, a pioneer of early 1960s vocal jazz.

October 24, 2007


Before Colbert, There Was Dizzy: Gillespie’s 1964 Run for the Presidency

Dizzy for PresidentMedia pundits a-twitter about deadpan satirist Stephen Colbert’s leap into the 2008 primaries need only look to the jazz world for a precedent: trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s historic 1964 challenge to incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson and Republican nominee Barry Goldwater. And while the jury is still out on whether…

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