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Archive for Night Lights Classic Jazz

December 28, 2016

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Take Five X 18: Writings On Jazz For NPR's A Blog Supreme

Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.

December 28, 2016

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Best Historical Jazz Releases 2016

Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective survey of reissues and previously unreleased recordings.

December 21, 2016

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A Night Lights Wonderland

Climb aboard the Night Lights jazz sleigh for a burst of holiday tidings from Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and others as we celebrate the season.

December 7, 2016

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Bebop Comes To Europe

Continental bop: in the years following the end of World War II, European jazz lovers embraced the new music coming from America.

September 19, 2016

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Trane '62: The Classic Coltrane Quartet Begins

In 1962 John Coltrane collaborated with Duke Ellington, recorded an all-ballads LP, and established the group now known as the Classic Quartet.

August 22, 2016

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Postwar Prez: Lester Young 1945-1950

In 1945 Lester Young emerged at the age of 36 from a traumatic time in the Army to renew his career as one of jazz’s most influential and loved saxophonists.

August 21, 2016

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Songs Of Themselves: Jazz Autobiographies

At the intersection of performance, narrative, and remembrance: some notable jazz stories told by the musicians themselves.

August 16, 2016

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Soul Eyes: The Early Mal Waldron Songbook

Waldron wrote several hundred pieces of music in the late 1950s and early 60s, recorded by the jazz scene's top musicians.

July 15, 2016

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Mosaic Records Is Releasing A Savoy Bebop Set

Coming soon: a ten-disc set of classic late-1940s bebop.

July 3, 2016

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Jazz His Way: Frank Sinatra

One of the 20th century's most iconic performers crossed musical paths with artists such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald.

March 25, 2016

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Jazz, Spiritually Speaking

Rooted in Christianity and African musical tradition, spirituals reflected life for slaves in a strange and terribly oppressive new world. They were often improvisations upon older hymns that became entirely new songs, and in some ways they foreshadow the birth of American jazz.

March 17, 2016

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Talk About The Pageant: When R.E.M. Came To Bloomington In 1986

In the spring of 1986, the reigning kings of college-rock came to the university town of Bloomington, Indiana to record their fourth album.

March 15, 2016

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Women In Jazz: A Bibliography

Biographies, historical overviews, gender-studies perspectives: a list of books that delve into the story of women jazz artists.

February 7, 2016

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Portraits In Black: Jazz Tributes To African-American Heroes

Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.

February 1, 2016

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The Vee-Jay Jazz Story

In 1953 a Gary, Indiana couple started what would become one of the most successful black-owned record labels, highlighting gospel, blues, R and B, and jazz.

January 26, 2016

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A Portrait Of Hod O'Brien

The musical times and tales of jazz-piano veteran Hod O'Brien, who passed away on November 20, 2016 at the age of 80.

January 6, 2016

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Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

Kickin' the gong around with Minnie, McVouty, Freddie, and other assorted jazz characters.

January 4, 2016

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Best Historical Jazz Releases 2015: The Year The Seventies Broke

A bitchin' brew of hardbop, fusion, vocal, and hot-swinging jazz.

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