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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…

October 2, 2007


Indiana Avenue: From Glory to Decline

(This is a continuation of a previous post, Along the Avenue: the Legacy of Indianapolis Jazz.)Lockefield GardensIndianapolis in those days was sharing in the euphoric glow of the post-World War II economy. Lockefield Gardens, the expansive and beautiful housing complex built during the Depression to provide…

September 15, 2007


Blue Note Connection soundtrack

The Connection: The Living Theater and Hardbop Jazz

The Connection was a groundbreaking 1959 off-Broadway play that cast jazz musicians as heroin addicts waiting for a score.

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…

July 29, 2007


Emily Remler, artist sites, and that “issue”

EmilySeveral days ago I got a very nice e-mail from the person who runs All Things Emily, a fantastically-detailed site devoted to the late guitarist Emily Remler. She had happened upon the March 2007 Night Lights show “Emily Remler: a Musical Remembrance”, which included an interview with Remler friend and sometime musical associate Robert Jospe. Some clips…

February 24, 2007


One More You Wrote Through Us: Horace Tapscott

In 1961 pianist Horace Tapscott turned his back on a high-profile jazz gig and began to help build a vibrant, multicultural underground Los Angeles jazz scene.

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.

January 6, 2007


Sounds From Riker's Island

Resolution: Jazz From Rehab

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

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.

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