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September 15, 2007

 

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The Connection: The Living Theater and Hardbop Jazz

The Connection was a groundbreaking 1959 off-Broadway play that cast jazz musicians as heroin addicts waiting for a score.

May 12, 2007

 

Jackie McLean Consequence

Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan: the Dynamic Hardbop Duo

Jazz writer David Rosenthal called Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan "a frontline match made in hardbop heaven."

February 10, 2007

 

Soulful Days: the Cal Massey Songbook

CalTrumpeter Cal Massey was an African-American jazz composer, little-known now and in his lifetime, but whose work was recorded by musicians such as John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Parker, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, McCoy Tyner, and Archie Shepp. In the 1960s Massey made his Brooklyn home into a kind of community center for jazz artists and produced…

April 8, 2006

 

We’ll Keep Loving You: Jackie McLean

Jackie McLeanThis week on Night Lights we offer a special tribute to the late alto saxophonist, Jackie McLean, who passed away on Friday, March 31, 2006. McLean came up in the Harlem jazz scene as a teenager in the late 1940s, befriending and playing with bebop progenitors Charlie Parker and Bud Powell. In the 1950s he worked and recorded with Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey, in addition to making his own records…

February 4, 2006

 

Say It Loud: Black-Pride Soul Jazz

Lou DonaldsonThis week on Night Lights we continue Black History Month with “Say It Loud: Black-Pride Soul Jazz.” As the black-pride movement gained momentum in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an increasing number of jazz artists began to incorporate the message into their music. We’ll hear records made by Lou Donaldson, Gil Scott-Heron, Freddie Roach…

May 28, 2005

 

Turn Out the Stars: Jazz Elegies

Lester's hatSometimes when a great jazz musician dies, another jazz musician writes a musical tribute. On this Memorial Day weekend edition of Night Lights we’ll hear elegies for Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Sonny Clark, Clifford Brown, Billie Holiday and more, from artists such as Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans…

August 21, 2004

 

Destination Out: Grachan Moncur and Jackie McLean

Jackie McLeanIn December 1962 Jackie McLean went to play a gig in Boston with a local rhythm section. That local section included a 17-year-old drummer named Tony Williams, who would return with McLean to New York a week later to begin a phenomenal career that would include a long stint with Miles Davis’ 1960s quintet. McLean also joined forces with Grachan Moncur, a trombonist who had played with both the Jazztet and Ray Charles…

July 3, 2004

 

Let Freedom Ring

McLean Let Freedom RingNight Lights‘ pilot program that aired on the eve of 2004′s July 4th holiday, featuring music from Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, Avery Parrish, Nina Simone…

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