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May 3, 2010

 

Newport Rebels

1960: Jazz At The Dawn Of A Decade

1960 was the first year of one of the most tumultuous decades in American history. The change that was beginning to come about was reflected in jazz as well.

September 7, 2009

 

Sonny Rollins 1957

Rollins ’57: Sonny Rollins Takes The Lead

In 1957 Sonny Rollins was at the peak of his first great period, playing with a confident, swinging, and radical abandon both as a leader and as a sideman.

June 15, 2009

 

Juneteenth

The Juneteenth Jazz Jamboree

Night Lights offers a jazz tribute to Juneteenth, the African-American holiday marking the end of slavery, with commentary from historian William Wiggins.

June 6, 2009

 

Memphis 1950s

The Memphis Mafia: Mabern, Strozier, Coleman And Little

Memphis is renowned for its remarkable contributions to 20th-century popular music. But the city also has an outstanding jazz legacy--"The Memphis Mafia."

February 25, 2009

 

A Strange and Bitter Crop: Billie Holiday’s Song of the Century

Holiday Strange FruitWhen Harry Smith, creator of The Anthology of American Folk Music and dean of American bohemians, received a Grammy just a few months before his death in 1991, he said, “I’m glad to say that my dreams came true–that I saw America changed through music.” In the book Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, and an Early Cry for Civil Rights, David Margolick proposes that racism–a bedrock element of Americanism–was challenged and ultimately changed by a single song, a song sung by Holiday titled “Strange Fruit.”

February 14, 2009

 

Stanley Turrentine,

Dearly Beloved: Husband-And-Wife Teams In Jazz

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.

July 12, 2008

 

Paris scene

Jazz Impressions of Paris

Jazz interpretations of the many songs that have been written about the City of Light.

March 31, 2008

 

Booker Little photo

Too Little, Too Soon: Booker Little

Booker Little was a talented young trumpeter and composer who’d already begun to fulfill his promise when illness struck him down at the age of 23.

October 8, 2007

 

Portrait of Max: Max Roach, 1924-2007

Max RoachMax Roach was a revolutionary bebop drummer, a leader of the classic Clifford Brown-Sonny Rollins hardbop quintet, a social activist, jazz educator and intellectual, a forerunner of Do-It-Yourself recording, and an explorer of the avant-garde…among other things. Max Roach contained multitudes, and his death in August of 2007 reverberated across the jazz world as if it were a long solo being played on a cosmic drumset. This program, an audio snapshot of his career on record, features his work with pianists Herbie Nichols and Bud Powell, his hardbop configurations with Clifford Brown and Sonny Rollins…

September 17, 2007

 

Tenor Madness: Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and More

Sonny RollinsIgnore the terrrible headline (boy, that’s dignity for ya, after playing certain parts of your southern anatomy off for the past 60 years): Sonny Rollins is back in trio form tomorrow night at Carnegie Hall. The performance will be coupled on CD with Rollins’ debut at Carnegie 50 years ago for a Voice of America concert. In the meantime, a previously…

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