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Archive for Night Lights Classic Jazz

December 26, 2018

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2018

A newly-discovered album by John Coltrane, a treasure trove of late-1930s radio broadcasts, a trumpeter’s ground-breaking 1960s big band, and one of early jazz’s hottest groups are just some of the recordings you’ll hear as the year draws to a close on Night Lights.

November 16, 2018

Jazz Scene San Francisco

Long before it was a center of the psychedelic counterculture and its attendant rock groups, San Francisco was a West Coast haven for the development of jazz.

November 16, 2018

The Music Makers Of Gennett Records: Todd Gould Talks About His New Film

A conversation with the producer, director and writer of a new documentary about an Indiana record label that helped shape the sound of modern American music.

November 8, 2018

Q Is For Jazz: Quincy Jones

One of the most successful producers in the history of commercial music began as a jazz artist.

October 3, 2018

Jazz Women Of The 1990s

We’ll hear some of the artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Maria Schneider, Renee Rosnes, and Diana Krall who rose to prominence during the decade, as well as a trio of veterans who enjoyed a late-career renaissance, including Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, and Betty Carter.

September 23, 2018

Trane '63: A Classic, A Challenge, A Change

In 1963 saxophonist John Coltrane made a jazz-vocal masterpiece with Johnny Hartman as well as another album only recently discovered, met a woman who would become his wife and musical partner, and dealt with the temporary loss of his favorite drummer.

September 4, 2018

Mob-Lee: Lee Morgan And Hank Mobley

Mobley’s so-called “round sound” and Morgan’s kinetic attack made for a dynamic combination on the dozen-and-a-half studio and live sessions where they appear together.

August 28, 2018

Jazz Side Story: Jazz And Leonard Bernstein

A centennial celebration of the American maestro's relationship with jazz.

July 16, 2018

Savoring The Savory Collection

Listening to the Savory set is like dial-hopping on a swing-age radio,

June 5, 2018

Put On Earth To Play Drums: The Buddy Rich Story

Rich on record: the legendary drummer's career as sideman, bandleader, and even singer, featuring his own commentary.

March 23, 2018

One For Marian: Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland was a jazz pianist, writer, educator, and radio host whose improvisatory talents and musical empathy made her one of the most engaging and enlightening jazz artists of her time.

February 8, 2018

A Conversation With Ken Vandermark

Of 7-11s and cassette tapes: one of the world's most renowned improvisational-jazz artists on dedication, the value of art, and a life-changing encounter.

January 23, 2018

New Vibes: Gary Burton In The 1960s

A look at the productive and creatively diverse first decade of an NEA Jazz Master's career.

January 5, 2018

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2017

Jazz blasts from the past, newly-discovered, rarely-heard, and reissued.

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