Our 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.
We'll hear a clip from trumpeter Shorty Rogers' appearance on the too-hip-to-last early-1960s TV show, Jazz Scene USA.
Beware… Strange Enchantment: Jazz for Halloween, replete with the story of the jazz-loving New Orleans Axeman, from the Night Lights archives. Me, I’ll be spinning lots of jazz CDs this evening to ward off any axe-wielding apparitions while I put…
Holiday jazz is coming to town this week on Night Lights.
Christmas-Eve jazz from Fats Navarro, Dexter Gordon, Louis Armstrong, Duke Pearson, Frank Sinatra, and more.
The first-ever Night Lights Christmas program features music from Booker Ervin (“White Christmas” from his 1966 album Solid Structure), Ahmad Jamal (“Snowfall,” written by Terre Haute, Indiana native Claude Thornhill), Sonny Rollins (“Winter Wonderland”), Babs Gonzalez (“Bebop Santa Claus”), Bill Evans (a rare and amusing vocal take…
"Strange Enchantment" is a program of Halloween-related jazz, including music from Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Kay Starr, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and more.