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July 22, 2006

 

Porgy & Bess: the 1950s Jazz Revival

Porgy and Bess LPGeorge Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess met with only middling success when it debuted in 1935, but stagings in the 1940s and 1950s ensured its place in musical history. With Hollywood poised to make…

April 15, 2006

 

Songs of Peace

ColtranepeaceThis week on Night Lights it’s “Songs of Peace.” We’ll hear instrumental themes using “Peace” as a title from John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Horace Silver, as well as Louis Armstrong’s 1970 take on John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance,” Bill Evans’ improvisation on Leonard Bernstein’s “Some Other Time” that came to be known as “Peace Piece,” Mahalia Jackson’s a capella version of Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” and more.

January 14, 2006

 

MLK Jr.

Dear Martin: Jazz Tributes To Martin Luther King Jr.

King was a jazz fan, and eloquently expressed his admiration for the music; numerous jazz musicians repaid the compliment.

December 24, 2005

 

The Night Before Christmas

Duke Pearson Merry Ole SoulThis week on Night Lights it’s “The Night Before Christmas,” with Christmas-Eve jazz from Fats Navarro, Dexter Gordon, Louis Armstrong, Duke Pearson, Frank Sinatra, and more. “The Night Before Christmas” airs at 11:05 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, on WFIU.

April 23, 2005

 

Jazz Goes to the Cold War

In the 1950s and 60s, as the Cold War & the civil-rights movement heated up, the U.S. State Department sent jazz musicians on goodwill tours around the world.

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