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October 9, 2007


Jack Wilson RIP, Sonny Rollins at Carnegie reviewed, a Hal McKusick interview, and new jazz books

Jack Wilson Easterly WindsWord has come via Mosaic Records that pianist Jack Wilson has passed away. Wilson’s best-known albums were two 1960s Blue Note dates, Easterly Winds (featuring the hardbop dynamic duo of Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan and Something Personal. He’s also present and accounted for on several…

August 28, 2007


The Basics of David Baker: a Conversation

David BakerA few weeks ago I interviewed jazz composer, educator, and musician David Baker, who played in George Russell’searly-1960s progressive-bop group (featured in the Night Lights program When Russell Met Baker). For the past 40 years David has run the jazz studies program at Indiana University while continuing to compose and perform, and he also leads the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. A new CD of his big band compositions performed by the Buselli-Wallarab Orchestra, Basically Baker, garnered four and a half stars in a recent Downbeat review. Here’s Part 1 of the interview, which originally…

December 2, 2006


Don Ellis And The French Connection

We'll hear music from The French Connection's soundtrack, composed and recorded by trumpeter Don Ellis.

October 14, 2006


Jazz Workshops: George Russell and Hal McKusick

.Hal McKusickThis edition of Night Lights features the Jazz Workshops, progressive 1950s jazz recorded by pianist/composer/theorist George Russell and saxophonist Hal McKusick. The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop series, begun by A & R man Jack Lewis, was in some respects…

August 12, 2006


When Russell Met Baker

David BakerIn the summer of 1959 a 27-year-old David Baker and several bandmates from Indianapolis attended the Lenox School of Music…

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