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Turn Out The Stars V. III: More Jazz Elegies

This Memorial Day weekend Night Lights pays tribute to departed musicians with another program of jazz elegies.

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Satchmo's grave

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Louis Armstrong grave site, Flushing Cemetery, Queens, NY

This Memorial Day weekend Night Lights show pays tribute to departed musicians with another program of jazz elegies. Turn Out the Stars V. III includes musical remembrances of

  • Louis Armstrong
  • John Coltrane
  • Cannonball Adderley
  • Wes Montgomery

and more. Wayne Shorter, who wrote the celebrated “Lester Left Town” for Lester Young in 1959, checked in eight years later as a member of Miles Davis‘ quintet with “Sweetpea,” a tune penned for composer and Duke Ellington cohort, Billy Strayhorn. There’s even a short piece that trumpeter Kenny Dorham wrote for himself, “Dorham’s Epitaph.”

Check out the previous Night Lights jazz-elegies programs, Turn Out the Stars and Turn Out the Stars II.

Cannonball

Watch Weather Report perform “Cannonball,” Joe Zawinul‘s tribute to alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkKw7mDmIIg

Music Heard On This Episode

Goodbye, Bird
Joe Roland — Joe Roland (Rhino/WEA, 2000)
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Goodbye, Bird
Joe Roland — Joe Roland (Rhino/WEA, 2000)
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Theme for Ernie
John Coltrane — Soultrane (Prestige, 2006)
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So Long
Gil Evans — Blues in Orbit (Enja, 1997)
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Sweet Pea
Miles Davis — Water Babies (Sony, 2008)
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Cannonball
Weather Report — Black Market (Sony, 2002)
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Dorham's Epitaph
Kenny Dorham — Whistle Stop (Blue Note, 2000)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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The Summary
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis — Suite for Pops (Horizon, 1975)
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Goodbye Sweet Pops
Archie Shepp — Attica Blues (Universal, 2003)
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I Remember Wes
George Benson — Polygram (Compact Jazz , 1990)
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Lament for Booker
Freddie Hubbard — Hub Tones (Blue Note, 1999)
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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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