Jazz criticism first emerged in the 1930s and has played a role not only in how the music's been heard, but sometimes in the way it's been made.
You can now become a fan of Night Lights on Facebook. If you're just discovering the program through Facebook, here are some shows you might want to check out.
Night Lights offers a jazz tribute to Juneteenth, the African-American holiday marking the end of slavery, with commentary from historian William Wiggins.
This Memorial Day weekend Night Lights pays tribute to departed musicians with another program of jazz elegies.
Ornette Coleman's music shook up a generation of jazz artists, but some of them almost immediately began to play it.
1957 was a key turning point for the tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, then 30 and still in the throes of a debilitating drug addiction.
Long-term love and art go hand-in-hand on this edition of Night Lights, where we're focusing on couplings both romantic and musical.
Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans...what was in the air in 1959? The story of the Year of the Masterpiece.
That church dedicated to the saxophonist in San Francisco? Not so weird, when you think about it.
Handy discusses a unique aspect of his sound, the night Mingus made a scene listening to him play, and the frustrations he faced recording his first album.