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Turn Out The Stars: Volume Four

In musical remembrance of artists past: Night Lights returns with another program of jazz elegies.

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Carl Perkins jazz pianist

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Pianist Carl Perkins, who died in 1958 at the age of 29, inspired recorded tributes from fellow Indianapolis musicians Wes Montgomery and Leroy Vinnegar.

When people pass on, it’s customary at a funeral for friends, loved ones, and colleagues to pay tribute. When a great jazz musician passes on, other musicians have often paid tribute in a way that’s natural for them—by writing, playing, or recording compositions that serve as musical elegies for the departed.

This year’s Night Lights “Turn Out the Stars” edition of jazz elegies includes tributes to Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Dodds, and two highly talented bassists who died young in the 1960s–Scott LaFaro and Albert Stinson. Pianist Randy Weston offers a general salute to artists who have passed, while Louis Armstrong wraps up the show with a rousing rendition of the spiritual “Bye and Bye” that namechecks lost legends of the swing era.

Previous Night Lights shows Devoted To Jazz Elegies

Music Heard On This Episode

Threnody
Marian McPartland — Silent Pool (Concord, 1997)
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Threnody
Marian McPartland — Silent Pool (Concord, 1997)
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Blues For You, Johnny
Earl Hines/Sidney Bechet — Classic Earl Hines Sessions 1928-1945 (Mosaic Records, 2013)
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Song For Strayhorn
Gerry Mulligan — Legends Live (Jazzhaus, 2012)
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Hymn For Carl
Wes Montgomery — Far Wes (Blue Note, 1990)
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For Carl
Leroy Vinnegar — Leroy Walks Again! (OJC, 1990)
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B & B (midpoint music bed)
Harold Mabern — A Few Miles From Memphis (Prestige, 2004)
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Piece For Scotty
Clare Fischer — Pacific Jazz Piano Trios (Mosaic, 2006)
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A Rose For Booker
Chico Hamilton — Drumfusion (Ais, 2013)
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Now
Bobby Hutcherson — Now (Blue Note, 2004)
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In Memory Of
Randy Weston — Highlife (EMI Japan, 2011)
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Bye And Bye
Louis Armstrong — Satchmo In Style (Universal, 2001)
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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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