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Archive for Night Lights Classic Jazz

October 13, 2014

The Scene Changes: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 2

Struggle, rebirth, and return: Bud Powell biographer Peter Pullman joins us again as we chronicle the final years of pianist Bud Powell.

October 10, 2014

Time Flies: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 1

In the mid-1940s Bud Powell emerged as the leading pianist of the bebop movement, astonishing listeners and his fellow musicians with dazzling, high-speed improvisations of rhythmic and harmonic ingenuity. The personal troubles that would dog him throughout his career were emerging as well.

October 8, 2014

Night Lights, Big City: Night Lights Debuts On WBGO This Week

Beginning this week, Night Lights can be heard on WBGO, the Newark-based, world-renowned station that programs jazz 24 hours a day for the New York City area and beyond.

October 8, 2014

Ramblin' Man: Charlie Haden

A tribute to the late bassist, whose career encompassed the avant-garde, spirituals, noir movie themes, pastoral ballads, and straightahead jazz.

September 2, 2014

The Durable Kenny Dorham

The career of a talented and perennially-unsung trumpeter.

August 26, 2014

Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands

We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?

August 13, 2014

Now Hear This: Duke Pearson's Big Band

Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.

August 2, 2014

The Thad Jones Songbook

"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.

April 26, 2014

To Dig Or Not To Dig: Jazz And Hip With Phil Ford

You can say it’s an attitude, or an unspoken sense of aesthetic right and wrong, or a way of life… but whatever it is, the notion of hip has been at the heart of American counterculture since the 1940s, and it’s often included jazz as part of its soundtrack.

April 16, 2014

At The Jazz Corner Of The World: Live From Birdland

Birdland was known as “the jazz corner of the world,” and from 1949 to 1965 it played host to some of the greatest names on the modern jazz scene.

February 7, 2014

Suite History, Part 2: Michael McGerr On Black History And Jazz

More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.

February 7, 2014

Suite History, Part 1: Michael McGerr on Duke Ellington

Historian Michael McGerr discusses Ellington's musical portrayals of the African-American experience.

February 4, 2014

Night Lights Debuts This Week On WDCB-Chicago

Night Lights will begin airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST on Chicago's primary jazz station.

January 3, 2014

The Music That Nobody Knows: The From Spirituals To Swing Concerts

At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.

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