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October 5, 2011


Jazz musicians at Gennett

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.

May 9, 2011


Duke and Django

Listening to the Savory Collection With Loren Schoenberg

Join Loren Schoenberg for some music from one of the greatest finds in the history of jazz—a treasure trove of broadcasts from the golden age of swing.

April 19, 2011


Ellington First Sacred Concert

Sacred Blue: Jazz Goes To Church In the 1960s

Jazz fans are known for their religious-like zeal, but in the 1960s jazz sometimes became a PART of religion, providing the soundtrack for church ceremonies.

December 23, 2010


cool christmas

A Cool Christmas

Come along for a jazz sleigh ride this week on Night Lights, with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, Wes Montgomery, and more.

November 28, 2010


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The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

Billy Strayhorn was Duke Ellington’s composing/arranging partner for 27 years, writing “Take the A Train,” “Lush Life,” and many other eventual jazz standards.

November 23, 2010


Mary Lou

A Brief History of Mary Lou Williams

Williams' career ranged from swing and bebop to expatriate and sacred jazz, a stint as a jazz educator, and a 1977 encounter with avant-garde icon Cecil Taylor.

October 5, 2010



Autumn Serenades

Autumn’s here, and the time is right for lying in the leaves, with music from Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman, Sonny Rollins and more.

September 23, 2010


Curtis Counce

Goin’ Up: Space Age Jazz

In the 1950s and 60s the race for space loomed large in the cultural imagination, and jazz artists such as Duke Ellington and Sun Ra picked up on the theme.

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