Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.
Slave spirituals were often improvisations upon older hymns that became entirely new songs, and in some ways they foreshadow the birth of American jazz.
Last week I was working on the Night Lights schedule for the rest of the year and ran into what I thought might be a bit of a snag. Show topics are usually plotted well into the future (right now we have programs slated through the end of February 2008), but I’d realized that a certain sequence was going to bring a lot of Thelonious Monk listeners’ way for several weeks in a row. Well, far worse things could happen, right?…