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Archive for Night Lights Classic Jazz

December 28, 2016

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

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2016

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

December 21, 2016

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

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.

November 10, 2016

Glenn Miller Goes To War With The Army Air Force Band

Major Glenn Miller went missing over the English Channel in December 1944. For decades afterwards, much of his wartime orchestra's music went missing as well.

October 12, 2016

Norman Granz's Jazz Scene

An anthology that helped to elevate the artistic stature of jazz.

September 19, 2016

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

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

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

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.

August 12, 2016

Swingers: Hugh Hefner, Playboy Magazine, And Jazz

In 1953 a young entrepreneur started a magazine that would help bring about the sexual revolution in America—and he was also a passionate jazz fan who used that magazine to help promote the music he loved.

July 15, 2016

Mosaic Records Is Releasing A Savoy Bebop Set

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

July 13, 2016

Snap, Crackle And Swing: Young Roy Haynes

Drummer Roy Haynes' career reads like a roll-call of jazz history. Hear him with Lester Young, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and others.

July 3, 2016

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

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

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

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 17, 2016

Ready For Freddie Redd

At the dawn of the 1960s pianist Freddie Redd made several albums for the Blue Note label filled with taut, punchy hardbop compositions.

February 7, 2016

Portraits In Black: Jazz Tributes To African-American Heroes

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

February 1, 2016

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

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 10, 2016

Hope Lives: A Portrait Of Elmo Hope

Exploring the life and music of an unheralded pianist and composer from the hardbop era.

January 6, 2016

Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

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

January 4, 2016

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2015: The Year The Seventies Broke

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

January 3, 2016

Boppin' On Bee Hive

Bee Hive annotator Aaron Cohen joins us to discuss the legacy of a 1970s/early 80s Chicago record label that spotlighted veteran bebop and hardbop artists.

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