Night Lights Classic Jazz

Turn Out the Stars: Jazz Elegies

Lester's hatSometimes when a great jazz musician dies, another jazz musician writes a musical tribute. On this Memorial Day weekend edition of Night Lights we’ll hear elegies for Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Sonny Clark, Clifford Brown, Billie Holiday and more, from artists such as Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Jackie McLean, and others. (In one instance we’ll hear a tribute performed by Eric Dolphy, followed by a tribute to Dolphy himself.)

(For more jazz elegies, listen to our May 2006 program, Turn Out the Stars II.)

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways)

Notes: Night Lights opening theme.

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Requiem
Lennie Tristano — Tristano/The New Tristano (Rhino, 1955)

Notes: In memory of Charlie Parker

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Lester Left Town
Art Blakey — The Big Beat (Blue Note, 1960)

Notes: Wayne Shorter's tribute to Lester Young.

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Goodbye Porkpie Hat
Charles Mingus — Mingus Ah Um (Columbia/Legacy, 1959)

Notes: Mingus' tribute to Lester Young.

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NYC's No Lark
Bill Evans — Conversations With Myself (Polygram, 1963)

Notes: Evans' tribute to pianist Sonny Clark, who died at the age of 31 in 1963.

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In Memory of Dick
Bobby Jaspar — Jazz in Paris: Modern Jazz au Club Saint Germain (Verve International, 1955)

Notes: Bobby Jaspar's tribute to pianist Dick Twardzik, who had died at the age of 24 two months' prior to this recording.

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Turn Out the Stars
Bill Evans — Intermodulation (Verve, 1966)

Notes: Music bed for break

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I Remember Clifford
The Jazztet — Meet the Jazztet (MCA/Chess, 1960)

Notes: Benny Golson's tribute to trumpeter Clifford Brown

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White Gardenia
Johnny Griffin — White Gardenia (Original Jazz Classics, 1961)

Notes: Griffin's tribute to Billie Holiday.

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Ode to Charlie Parker
Eric Dolphy/Booker Little — Far Cry (Prestige, 1960)

Notes: Jaki Byard's tribute to Charlie Parker.

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Poor Eric
Jackie McLean — Right Now (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: Larry Willis' tribute to Eric Dolphyl

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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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