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January 6, 2016


A photo of 1940s jazz hipster figure Harry Gibson.

Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

Kickin' the gong around with Minnie, McVouty, Freddie, and other assorted jazzniks.

January 4, 2016


CD covers from the first batch of Xanadu reissues.

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2015: The Year The Seventies Broke

A bitchin' brew of hardbop, fusion, vocal, and hot-swinging jazz.

October 26, 2015


Cover of Chet Baker Last Great Concert release

Jazz Haunts For Halloween: Ghostly Songs And Mysterious Ends

Smoke dreams, sorcerers, stalking monsters, and strange exits: paranormal jazz encounters on this edition of Night Lights.

August 13, 2015


Cd cover for Herbie Hancock on Blue Note

Maiden Voyage: Herbie Hancock In The 1960s

In the 1960s Herbie Hancock seemed to be everywhere on the jazz scene, recording both as a leader for Blue Note and as a sideman with Miles Davis and others.

June 10, 2015


Miles Davis Blackhawk

Miles Between: Miles Davis 1961-1963

As the 1960s began Miles Davis entered a period of transition, first trying to find a saxophonist to replace John Coltrane and then a new rhythm section.

May 15, 2015


Young Keith Jarrett

Birth: Early Keith Jarrett

Jarrett's early solos, one critic said, "contain in them the entire history of jazz piano."

January 5, 2015


Cover for John Coltrane's OFFERING cd

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2014

Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective look back at the year's historical jazz releases.

April 26, 2014


The dustjacket for Phil Ford's book DIG.

To Dig Or Not To Dig: Jazz And Hip With Phil Ford

The notion of hip has been at the heart of American counterculture since the 1940s, and it’s often included jazz as part of its soundtrack.

May 17, 2013


Marc Myers jazz book

Why Jazz Happened, With Marc Myers

JazzWax blogger and Wall Street Journal music writer Marc Myers discusses his book about how cultural, economic, and social forces shaped the sound of jazz.

March 22, 2013


Ted Gioia's The Jazz Standards

The Jazz Standards, With Ted Gioia

Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights this week to talk about his latest book.

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