Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights this week to talk about his latest book.
The story and music of Dave Brubeck’s professional prelude as a young, experimental West Coast jazz musician.
Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights for a look at the relationship between work songs and jazz, with music from Ellington, Mingus and more.
Keep it cool: jazz historian Ted Gioia joins us for the music and meaning of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Bix Beiderbecke, Miles Davis and more.
A look at some of the jazz news of the week for Night Lights fans.
Jazz aficionados generally have little use for various-artist anthologies. They’re seen as gateway collections for beginners, whereas hardcore veteran listeners tend to want all-inclusive single-artist monoliths replete with alternate takes, unissued masters, etc. (Sony/Legacy’s Miles Davis series is an excellent example–even though the later electric boxes have drawn in some younger, non-aficionado buyers.) Exceptions are made, of course–particularly for comprehensive label overviews like Mosaic Records’ Commodore trilogy and sets that document lesser-known but important milieus or periods, such as the Wildflowers collection that captures the mid-1970s New York loft scene.
With all the bad news one is accustomed to hearing about the state of jazz these days (as bad as being a Cubs fan, it sometimes seems)–low CD sales, clubs closing, etc.–it’s pretty safe to say that the music’s doing well on the Internet, at least. In the past, I’ve sometimes thought that the jazz [...]