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July 23, 2012

 

Getz 1961

1961: New Jazz Frontier

It was 1961, and America had a new, young president...the Cold War turned up a notch…and jazz continued to evolve in ear-opening ways.

May 20, 2011

 

Dexter Rides Again

Go West, Jazz Man: Outtakes From This Week’s NPR Take Five Post

More jazz with a Western theme, this time from Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Ornette Coleman, and others.

September 1, 2010

 

Charlie Parker

Bird Lives! The Charlie Parker Memorial Concert Songbook

Charlie Parker was only 34 when he died in 1955, but he'd already changed the sound of jazz forever. Fans and fellow musicians were determined to celebrate him.

June 21, 2010

 

Very Best of Prestige

The Prestige Records Story

A special online fund-drive show featuring classic sides from the Prestige label. You can enjoy some great jazz and help us make our goal at the same time!

February 21, 2010

 

Leapin' and Lopin'

Clark’s Last Leap: Sonny Clark, 1961-62

Sonny Clark was a young pianist with an already-impressive jazz legacy when he began a year-long string of classic hardbop recordings that ended with his death.

September 21, 2009

 

Four for Trane

The John Coltrane Songbook

John Coltrane revolutionized the sound of modern jazz and wrote a number of compositions that have become jazz standards.

October 9, 2008

 

The Johnny Green Songbook, Part 2

Although Johnny Green is best remembered for composing significant standards, he actually spent the bulk of his career working in the movie industry.

January 30, 2008

 

John Handy Talks With Night Lights: Part 1

Handy talks about early encounters with Dexter Gordon and Art Tatum, why he came to favor the alto saxophone, and the legendary young bassist Albert Stinson.

Duke Pearson Merry Ole SoulOur annual invocation of holiday jazz this year calls upon the talents of Fats Navarro (”A Bebop Carol”), hipster vocalist Babs Gonzales, tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, trumpeter Donald Byrd, guitarist Joe Pass, and many other propagators of classic jazz, blowing joyous tidings unto you all. Happy holidays from all of us at Night Lights and WFIU–may you find many great books, movies, CDs, and other “items of interest” under your holiday tree.

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.

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