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.
A new book examines the bandleader and composer's life in the historical context of his times.
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.
Paul Gonsalves became a jazz legend through his 1956 Newport big-band solo, but he knew his way around a small-group too.
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.
Could you have guessed who they were? Three giants of jazz on the 1950s TV quiz show.
The capital of African-American culture in the United States for decades, Harlem has inspired all sorts of musical tributes.
Some jazz books from the past year that caught Night Lights' eyes.
Interviews with Sam Rivers and Darcy James Argue, new reissues of Artie Shaw and Duke Ellington, a new online jazz journal and more.
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.