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February 7, 2014

 

Suite History, Part 2: Michael McGerr On Black History And Jazz

More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.

February 7, 2014

 

Suite History, Part 1: Michael McGerr on Duke Ellington

Historian Michael McGerr discusses Ellington's musical portrayals of the African-American experience.

February 7, 2014

 

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Suite History: Jazz Composers And The African-American Odyssey

Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, John Carter, and Wynton Marsalis all undertook a weighty artistic task--to represent the history of African-Americans in music.

December 30, 2013

 

The LP cover for Andrew Hill's Blue Note album BLACK FIRE.

1963: A Man’s Dream, A Nation’s Nightmare

It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times

December 19, 2012

 

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Have Yourself a Very Quiet Christmas

Night Lights pays tribute to the holidays in the mellowest of moods.

July 23, 2012

 

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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.

October 20, 2011

 

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The Big Bands’ Little Bands

The swing era may have been the age of the big bands, but bandleaders often found it worth their while to break small groups out of their larger orchestras.

October 5, 2011

 

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The Big Speakeasy: Jazz And Prohibition

America in the 1920s: Wall Street was on the rise, cops were on the take, jazz was in the air, and alcohol had been banished—but it certainly hadn’t vanished.

July 1, 2011

 

Beatniks with Bongos

Freedom Jazz!

Night Lights offers up a free-spirited, pop-culture-alluding Fourth of July jazz tribute.

May 27, 2011

 

Duke Ellington

Reminiscing In Tempo: Remembrance In Jazz And Popular Song

A convergence of grief, memory and music for Memorial Day.

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Songs Of The Season: Autumn 2014

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Afterglow takes a musical stroll through the leaves with Chet Baker, Mark Murphy, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, and other serenaders to autumn.

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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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