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September 16, 2010


Duke Ellington's America

He, Too, Was America: Duke Ellington’s Sepia Panorama

A new book examines the bandleader and composer's life in the historical context of his times.

September 8, 2010


Work Song

Workin’: The Work Song In Jazz And Popular Music

Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights for a look at the relationship between work songs and jazz, with music from Ellington, Mingus and more.

July 7, 2010


Paul Gonsalves Gettin' Together

Off The A-Train: Paul Gonsalves, 1957-1963

Paul Gonsalves became a jazz legend through his 1956 Newport big-band solo, but he knew his way around a small-group too.

June 9, 2010


The Birth and Death of the Cool

Jazzing The Cool With Ted Gioia

Keep it cool: jazz historian Ted Gioia joins us for the music and meaning of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Bix Beiderbecke, Miles Davis and more.

May 26, 2010


What's My Line

What’s My Line? Ellington, Nat King Cole And Satchmo On TV

Could you have guessed who they were? Three giants of jazz on the 1950s TV quiz show.

March 1, 2010



Portraits Of Harlem

The capital of African-American culture in the United States for decades, Harlem has inspired all sorts of musical tributes.

January 12, 2010


Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist's Life

Night Lights Best Of 2009: Books Edition

Some jazz books from the past year that caught Night Lights' eyes.

December 11, 2009


Pull Your Coat: Jazz News And Links For Friday, December 11, 2009

Interviews with Sam Rivers and Darcy James Argue, new reissues of Artie Shaw and Duke Ellington, a new online jazz journal and more.

November 19, 2009


Cold War Jazz From The Archives

Companion pieces for this week's "Jazz Impressions of Brubeck" program look at Voice of America jazz DJ Willis Conover & the U.S. State Department's jazz tours.

September 5, 2009


USA Work Program

Labor Day Weekend: Popular Song On The Picket Line

Afterglow takes a look at satirical and political protest music of the 1930s and 40s, performed by Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday and others.

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The Billy Strayhorn Songbook

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Songwriter Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's right-hand man, would have turned 100 on November 29th.

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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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