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October 29, 2009


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Halloween: Haunted Love Songs, Strange Enchantment

Haunted late-night love songs and some 'spirited' jazz for your Halloween holiday.

July 1, 2009


A July 4th Popular-Song Celebration, On Afterglow

On Afterglow this week, a festive and reflective tribute to Independence Day with music from Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Paul Desmond and more.

June 15, 2009



The Juneteenth Jazz Jamboree

Night Lights offers a jazz tribute to Juneteenth, the African-American holiday marking the end of slavery, with commentary from historian William Wiggins.

October 31, 2008


Ghostly Jazz and Popular Song for Halloween, Part 2

Halloween jazzOn the heels of Ghostly Jazz and Popular Song for Halloween Part 1, here’s Part 2, with music from Miles Davis (“Sorcerer”), Sun Ra (“Hour of Parting”), Mildred Bailey (“Smoke Dreams”)…

October 31, 2008


Ghostly Jazz and Popular Song for Halloween, Part 1

Ghost DanceThis week on WFIU’s Afterglow we get into the “spirit” of things, so to speak, with “Ghost of a Song,” a program of otherworldly songs in honor of the Halloween holiday. Prominent among our ethereal cast are Fred Astaire (“Me and the Ghost Upstairs”), Nina Simone (“I Put a Spell On You”), Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (“Halloween Spooks”), Leon Redbone (“Ghost of St. Louis Blues”), Billie Holiday (“Ghost of Yesterday”)…

July 4, 2008


From the Archives: Let Freedom Ring

Night Lights MulliganNight Lights made its debut on WFIU four years ago almost to the day–or night, as it were–with a program called Let Freedom Ring that aired on the eve of the July 4th holiday. I had been working at WFIU for exactly two years, subbing for weekday afternoon jazz host Joe Bourne and producing WFIU jazz specials such as Bix Beiderbecke: Never the Same Way Twice and Jump for Joy: Duke Ellington’s Celebratory Musical. When the syndicated “Worldwide Jazz” show that we carried on Saturday evenings suddenly ceased production, I proposed Night Lights as a replacement to our station manager, Christina Kuzmych.

March 21, 2008


Jazz for the Easter Weekend

Easter DoveSome previous Night Lights shows from the archives, offered as listening suggestions for the coming weekend:Music for Peace: Mary Lou Williams’ Sacred Jazz. An early Night Lights show…

December 23, 2007


Music for the Holidays: Nat King Cole

Season's greetings from Night Lights via holiday ambassador Mr. Cole:

Duke Pearson Merry Ole SoulOur annual invocation of holiday jazz this year calls upon the talents of Fats Navarro (”A Bebop Carol”), hipster vocalist Babs Gonzales, tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, trumpeter Donald Byrd, guitarist Joe Pass, and many other propagators of classic jazz, blowing joyous tidings unto you all. Happy holidays from all of us at Night Lights and WFIU–may you find many great books, movies, CDs, and other “items of interest” under your holiday tree.

December 11, 2007


Jazz for the Holidays: Shorty Rogers and “Greensleeves”

We'll hear a clip from trumpeter Shorty Rogers' appearance on the too-hip-to-last early-1960s TV show, Jazz Scene USA.

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