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August 31, 2009

 

Chris

Last Of The Vo-Cool School: Chris Connor, 1927-2009

Chris Connor, a vo-cool singer and one of the last living vocalist links to the big band era, has passed away at the age of 81.

August 31, 2009

 

Impulse

Impulse: The Vocal Sides

Impulse Records gained renown in the 1960s for its progressive-vanguard releases, but it also released some jazz-vocal LPs by singers such as Johnny Hartman.

July 17, 2009

 

Billie Holiday

Lady Day Remembered: Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday died 50 years ago today. From the archives, Night Lights offers several musical and written remembrances.

June 29, 2009

 

Satchmo, Take Two: Louis Armstrong At The Movies

Trumpeter, vocalist and a dynamic entertainer, Louis Armstrong showcased all these aspects of his talent in 28 full-length films and several short features.

June 27, 2009

 

Billy Eckstine On Roulette

The early-1960s sounds of "The Sepia Sinatra," featured on Afterglow this week.

March 21, 2009

 

Nellie Lutcher’s Real Gone Rhythm

Nellie LutcherThis week on Night Lights we pay tribute to the pianist and singer who passed away in 2007 at the age of 94. A product of the thriving mid-20th century Central Avenue Los Angeles scene, in the late 1940s Lutcher scored a series of hits such as “Hurry On Down” and “Fine Brown Frame” that blended jazz, pop, blues and R & B in a way that made her one of the era’s first crossover stars.

October 9, 2008

 

The Johnny Green Songbook, Part 2

Although Johnny Green is best remembered for composing significant standards, he actually spent the bulk of his career working in the movie industry.

October 9, 2008

 

The Johnny Green Songbook, Part 1

Composer Johnny Green wrote the music for several songs that went on to become staples of the jazz-and-popular-song canon.

July 18, 2008

 

I’ll Be Seeing You: Jo Stafford, 1917-2008

Jo Stafford, one of the last great vocalists from the "songbird" era of big band vocalists, passed away Wednesday at the age of 90.

July 4, 2008

 

Uproar Over Jazz Singer Rene Marie’s Take on the National Anthem

Jazz vocalist Rene Marie recently sang the melody of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with lyrics from "the black national anthem."

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