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September 24, 2007


Louis Armstrong and Little Rock, Midi-on-Tatum, and more in the Monday round-up

Louis ArmstrongThe day Louis Armstrong told the U.S. government to go to a very choice place: David Margolick’s article in the New York Times yesterday provides some historical elaboration. (Margolick is the author of Strange Fruit: the Biography of a Song.) There’s also an online NPR story, Remembering Louis Armstrong’s Little Rock Protest. For more about Armstrong and how the politics of the era mixed with jazz, check out our previous program Jazz Goes to the Cold War.

February 3, 2007


Freedom Now

We Shall Overcome: Civil-Rights Jazz

There was a strong relationship between jazz and civil rights in 20th-century America, and artists sometimes addressed the cause explicitly in their music.

February 4, 2006


Say It Loud: Black-Pride Soul Jazz

Lou DonaldsonThis week on Night Lights we continue Black History Month with “Say It Loud: Black-Pride Soul Jazz.” As the black-pride movement gained momentum in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an increasing number of jazz artists began to incorporate the message into their music. We’ll hear records made by Lou Donaldson, Gil Scott-Heron, Freddie Roach…

January 14, 2006



Dear Martin: Jazz Tributes To Martin Luther King Jr.

King was a jazz fan, and eloquently expressed his admiration for the music; numerous jazz musicians repaid the compliment.

June 4, 2005


But I Was Cool: Oscar Brown Jr.

Oscar Brown Jr.This week on Night Lights we honor the memory of singer-songwriter and activist Oscar Brown Jr., who died on Sunday, May 29 at the age of 78. Brown, the son of a well-to-do South Side Chicago businessman, participated in the labor movement and progressive politics of the 1950s before trying his hand at composing and performing…

April 23, 2005


Jazz Goes to the Cold War

In the 1950s and 60s, as the Cold War & the civil-rights movement heated up, the U.S. State Department sent jazz musicians on goodwill tours around the world.

July 3, 2004


Let Freedom Ring

McLean Let Freedom RingNight Lights‘ pilot program that aired on the eve of 2004′s July 4th holiday, featuring music from Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, Avery Parrish, Nina Simone…

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