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January 2, 2008

 

“Jazz Impressions of Show Boat” Part 1

Kenny Dorham Show BoatLast Friday evening’s Afterglow program, featuring jazz and jazz-vocal interpretations of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s songs for the musical Show Boat, is now available for online listening…

November 19, 2007

 

Dick and Kiz Harp

Dick and Kiz Harp: Down at the 90th Floor

The story of a husband-and-wife jazz duo who ran and performed in a Texas nightclub in the late 1950s. The two LPs they recorded have won them a cult following.

November 9, 2007

 

Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress

We'll hear an interview with Oscar Brown Jr, a pioneer of early 1960s vocal jazz.

July 15, 2007

 

Betty Roche Singin' and Swingin'

When Betty Met The Duke: Betty Roche

"Betty Roche was an unforgettable singer," Duke Ellington wrote of his former vocalist in 1973. "She never sounded like anybody but Betty Roche."

June 23, 2007

 

Perfectly Frank: Sinatra’s Small-Group Jazz Recordings

SinatraIt was a longstanding disappointment with Frank Sinatra’s fans that he didn’t do more small-group jazz recordings. This week on Night Lights we present some of the ones that he did do, including…

March 24, 2007

 

Here Comes The Sun: Nina Simone On RCA

In late 1966 singer and pianist Nina Simone signed with RCA Records and continued her genre-bending explorations of jazz, blues, pop, folk, and soul.

March 10, 2007

 

Miss Peggy Lee, Songwriter

Many listeners know Peggy Lee as a great jazz singer, but she was also a prolific writer of songs—composing or co-composing nearly 200 of them.

October 28, 2006

 

Down at the 90th Floor: Dick and Kiz Harp

Dick and Kiz HarpDick and Kiz Harp were a husband-and-wife, piano-and-vocals duo who ran their own nightclub (converted from a warehouse and called “The 90th Floor,” after a lesser-known Cole Porter song they performed) in Dallas, Texas at the end of the 1950s. They’ve developed a cult following among jazz-vocal aficionados …

September 16, 2006

 

Duke Ellington Mary Poppins

Jazz Goes Disney

Goofin' on Disney: how movie songs for kids made their way into the jazz world.

August 5, 2006

 

Hip Parade: Early Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy Hip ParadePerennially-hip jazz singer Mark Murphy got his start recording for Decca in the mid-1950s, with albums that featured arrangements by Ralph Burns. Decca producer Milt Gabler, who signed Murphy, said he thought the vocalist “every bit as good as…

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