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August 27, 2015


Arranger Eddie Sauter with Ray McKinley

Jazz a la Sauter: Eddie Sauter

Sauter's innovative and challenging arrangements gave the big-band sound an artistic sophistication that anticipated the rise of the Third Stream.

July 23, 2012


Getz 1961

1961: New Jazz Frontier

It was 1961, and America had a new, young president...the Cold War turned up a notch…and jazz continued to evolve in ear-opening ways.

December 3, 2010



Playland At The Beach: Dave Brubeck’s Early Octet And Trio

The story and music of Dave Brubeck’s professional prelude as a young, experimental West Coast jazz musician.

March 1, 2010



Portraits Of Harlem

The capital of African-American culture in the United States for decades, Harlem has inspired all sorts of musical tributes.

July 28, 2009


George Russell

George Russell: The Quiet Force Behind Modern Jazz

George Russell, the composer, theorist and pianist who passed away Monday night at the age of 86, helped shape the sound of jazz as we know it today.

February 22, 2008


Teo Macero, Man Behind Electric Miles and More: RIP

Teo Macero, a saxophonist, composer, and record producer has passed away at the age of 82.

November 26, 2007


Early Ellis: Don Ellis At The Dawn of the 1960s

Trumpeter Don Ellis is best-known today for the big bands he led during the late 1960s and early 1970s and their use of odd time signatures.

January 28, 2006


Piano Noir: Ran Blake

This week on Night Lights it’s “Piano Noir: Ran Blake”. Pianist and composer Ran Blake has earned an international reputation with his recordings and with his work as a Third Stream educator at the New England Conservatory of Music. His music has been strongly influenced by the genre of film noir; in this…

July 23, 2005


Teddy Charles: the Early Avant-Garde

Teddy CharlesIn the early 1950s vibraphonist Teddy Charles made a series of records with Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, and others, that still escapes easy definition today–was it Third Stream? Was it West Coast? Was it cool jazz? We’ll hear selections from his albums…

September 18, 2004


Early Baron: Charles Mingus 1945-49

MingusThis week on Night Lights we feature the early music of Charles Mingus, taken from an Uptown Records CD entitled “Charles ‘Baron’ Mingus: West Coast Recordings, 1945-49.” Musicologist Stefano Zenni has an interesting website devoted to this little-heard period of Mingus’ music, which includes jump blues, Ellingtonian ballads…

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