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Posts tagged Count Basie

January 3, 2014

 

An advertisement for one of the From Spirituals To Swing concerts.

The Music That Nobody Knows: The From Spirituals To Swing Concerts

At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.

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.

May 2, 2009

 

I Want To Hold Your Hand

Fab Four Jazz: The Beatles’ Influence On Jazz In The 1960s

The Beatles’ explosive arrival on the American music scene in 1964 shook up the jazz world just as much as it did the rest of America—perhaps even more so.

March 16, 2008

 

Mosaic Count Basie and Lester Young, a Charlie Haden Interview, and More

Some jazz news of note from the past week or so…*The widely-syndicated, Siskel-and-Ebert-style radio jazz program Listen Here! will cease distribution at the end of this month. Word is that NPR’s long-running…

August 20, 2005

 

Count Basie: The 1950 Octet And Combo

We'll hear collaborations with former Basie big-band singers Billie Holiday and Helen Humes, as well as a live version of some bop anthems.

August 13, 2005

 

Alexandria the Great

AlexandriaThis week on Night Lights it’s “Alexandria the Great,” a program devoted to the late 1950s and early 1960s recordings of the little-known singer Lorez Alexandria, who left a Chicago gospel background behind for the world of jazz, recording with Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Kelly, and others. Often compared to Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, Alexandria also liked to…

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Artie Shaw and the Singers

Helen Forrest With Artie Shaw

A tribute to bandleader Artie Shaw highlighting the records he made with vocalists, including Helen Forrest, Billie Holiday, and Mel Torme.

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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