Night Lights Classic Jazz

The Night Lights Before Christmas

Holiday jazz is coming to town this week on Night Lights.

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Making Night Lights spirits bright for the holidays.

Our annual holiday program, with cool yule jazz from Mal Waldron, Elvin Jones, Bill Evans and Jim Hall, Booker Ervin, Coleman Hawkins, surprise holiday sounds, and a special Christmas reading from Louis Armstrong. For other seasonal sounds, check out previous programs The Night Before Christmas: Holiday Jazz and Holiday Happening.

Music Heard On This Episode

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Elvin Jones — Mistletoe Magic (Quicksilver)
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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Elvin Jones — Mistletoe Magic (Quicksilver)

Notes: With Dave Liebman on soprano sax, Terumasa Hino on cornet, Kenny Kirkland on piano, and George Mraz on bass.

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White Christmas
Booker Ervin — Structurally Sound (Blue Note, 1966)
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Merry Christmas, Baby
Lionel Hampton — Hipster's Holiday: Vocal Jazz & R & B Classics (Rhino, 1950)

Notes: With Sonny Parker on vocals.

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Skating in Central Park
Bill Evans/Jim Hall — Undercurrent (Blue Note/United Artists, 1962)

Notes: John Lewis composition, originally written for the score ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW.

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Greensleeves
Coleman Hawkins — Soul (OJC, 1958)
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O Tannenbaum
Stan Kenton — A Merry Christmas! (Capitol Jazz, 1963)
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England's Carol
Modern Jazz Quartet — Modern Jazz Quartet and Orchestra (Collectables, 1961)
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Skating
Vince Guaraldi — Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 1965)
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Silent Night
Sister Rosetta Tharpe — Billboard's Greatest R & B Christmas Hits (Rhino, 1949)
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The Christmas Song
Mal Waldron — Mistletoe Magic (Quicksilver)
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The Night Before Christmas
Louis Armstrong — Santa Claus Blues (Jass Records, 1971)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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