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Archive for Night Lights Classic Jazz

December 30, 2013

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1963: A Man's Dream, A Nation's Nightmare

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.

October 23, 2013

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Late Autumn: Stan Getz, 1987-91

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.

October 13, 2013

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Night Lights' Theme Songs: Mary Lou Williams And Gerry Mulligan

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September 23, 2013

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Shorter Lee: Lee Morgan And Wayne Shorter

Trumpeter Lee Morgan and saxophonist Wayne Shorter were two of the leading lights of the 1960s hardbop era.

September 14, 2013

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Jazz Goes To College

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.

September 6, 2013

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Mosaic Records To Release Clifford Jordan Set

An update on previously-mentioned and newly-announced box-sets.

May 24, 2013

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Herd Twice: Woody Herman In The 1940s

In the 1940s Woody Herman led three big bands that grew progressively in musicianship and excitement.

May 24, 2013

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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.

May 17, 2013

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Why Jazz Happened, With Marc Myers

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.

April 6, 2013

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Freddie Hubbard: The CTI Years

In the early 1970s trumpeter Freddie Hubbard made a series of records for the CTI label that combined hardbop, funk, modality, and 70s groove.

April 5, 2013

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Jazz Women Of The 1940s

Women instrumentalists thrived in the upside-down jazz world of wartime America.

March 22, 2013

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The Jazz Standards, With Ted Gioia

Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights this week to talk about his latest book.

January 7, 2013

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Best Historical Releases Of 2012

Our annual, highly-subjective roundup of classic-jazz favorites.

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