It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times.
Long a troubled star in the mid-20th century jazz world, at the end of his life saxophonist Stan Getz found peace and made some of his finest recordings.
Trumpeter Lee Morgan and saxophonist Wayne Shorter were two of the leading lights of the 1960s hardbop era.
In the 1950s jazz artists discovered a new venue for their performances that took them far away from smoky nightclubs and into the halls of the academy.
An update on previously-mentioned and newly-announced box-sets.
In the 1940s Woody Herman led three big bands that grew progressively in musicianship and excitement.
In musical remembrance of artists past: Night Lights returns with another program of jazz elegies.
JazzWax blogger and Wall Street Journal music writer Marc Myers discusses his book about how cultural, economic, and social forces shaped the sound of jazz.
In the early 1970s trumpeter Freddie Hubbard made a series of records for the CTI label that combined hardbop, funk, modality, and 70s groove.
Women instrumentalists thrived in the upside-down jazz world of wartime America.
Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights this week to talk about his latest book.