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March 3, 2007


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Alice Coltrane, Ascending

John Coltrane's wife was a musician in her own right. What artistic path did she take after her husband passed away in 1967?

November 25, 2006


Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite

Mary LouIn 1945 pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams debuted her first extended work, The Zodiac Suite, with musical movements for each sign of the zodiac. Williams was 35 years old, already a veteran of the swing era; she was playing regularly at New York City’s Café Society, hosting a weekly radio program, and had begun…

October 28, 2006


Down at the 90th Floor: Dick and Kiz Harp

Dick and Kiz HarpDick and Kiz Harp were a husband-and-wife, piano-and-vocals duo who ran their own nightclub (converted from a warehouse and called “The 90th Floor,” after a lesser-known Cole Porter song they performed) in Dallas, Texas at the end of the 1950s. They’ve developed a cult following among jazz-vocal aficionados …

June 3, 2006


Detour Ahead: Mary Ann McCall

Mary McCallMary Ann McCall, whom Johnny Mandel once called “the greatest of all the big band singers,” is a secret heroine of American jazz vocal music. Little-known today, and not widely recorded during even the most active periods of her career, she has sometimes…

March 25, 2006


The Late Miss D: Dinah Washington on Roulette, 1962-63

"The Late Miss D" features the last recordings of Dinah Washington, who died at the age of 38 in 1963.

March 11, 2006


You Better Go Now: Jeri Southern

Jeri SouthernPianist and torch-jazz singer Jeri Southern recorded half a dozen albums for Decca in the 1950s, scoring hits with songs such as “When I Fall in Love,” “Joey,” and “You Better Go Now.” Her intimate, near-speaking approach to vocals…

March 4, 2006


Billie Holiday

Ghosts of Yesterday: Billie Holiday and the Two Irenes

An iconic singer, a songwriter (or two) named Irene, lost love and inspiration, and a history-mystery of identity.

August 13, 2005


Alexandria the Great

AlexandriaThis week on Night Lights it’s “Alexandria the Great,” a program devoted to the late 1950s and early 1960s recordings of the little-known singer Lorez Alexandria, who left a Chicago gospel background behind for the world of jazz, recording with Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Kelly, and others. Often compared to Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, Alexandria also liked to…

March 26, 2005


Music for Peace: the Sacred Jazz of Mary Lou Williams

Mary LouMary Lou Williams, the pianist, arranger, and composer whose career in jazz traced a line all the way from the Kansas City scene of the late 1920s through the swing era, bop, the 1950s jazz expatriate community, and an academic job at Duke in the late 1970s, also helped to pioneer sacred jazz in…

March 19, 2005


Why Don’t You Do Right: Una Mae Carlisle and Lil Green

Una Mae CarlisleUna Mae Carlisle and Lil Green both were popular jazz-and-blues singer-songwriters in the 1940s; both spawned hits for Peggy Lee; and both are largely forgotten today. Carlisle, a teenage piano-playing protege of Fats Waller, wrote and recorded the hits…

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