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May 15, 2019

Lennie Tristano in New York City, 1947

Lennie Tristano: The Jazz Guru

Pianist Lennie Tristano was a singular and charismatic modernist and mentor whose methods helped point the way for the rise of jazz education.

April 28, 2019

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Heard It On The TV: Jazz Takes On Television Themes

As television rocketed into the entertainment culture of mid-20th-century America, musicians and composers, many of them with jazz backgrounds, were called upon to write themes and cues for the wide variety of programs that populated the airwaves.

May 14, 2019

Doris Day in 1946 at New York City’s Aquarium nightclub.

A Day For Doris Day

A tribute to Doris Day

June 19, 2019

lalo schifrin on an album cover

Jazz Mission Possible: Lalo Schifrin’s Early Years

Lalo Schifrin is best known for his “Mission: Impossible” theme and numerous other film scores, but the pianist and composer first emerged from mid-20th century Argentina as a jazz artist, working with Dizzy Gillespie and recording under his own name as well.

June 7, 2019

student activists holding signs and marching

1968, Riot: The Year In Jazz

What did the activism of 1968 sound like in Jazz?

April 24, 2019

jazz hits album cover

Jazz For Mad Men: Hits From The 1960s

Night Lights salutes the critically-acclaimed television series MAD MEN this week with a program devoted to popular jazz from the era in which the show takes place.

May 20, 2019

andre previn on album cover

Jazz Of All Trades: The Eclectic Andre Previn

Pianist Andre Previn landed in Hollywood as a teenage prodigy in the late 1940s and began a career that moved through the worlds of jazz, pop, classical, and movie scores

April 30, 2019

david chinen

Playing Changes: Music And Conversation With Jazz Writer Nate Chinen

Jazz critic Nate Chinen talks about his recent book "Playing Changes: Jazz For The New Century," and we hear music from some of the artists discussed as well.

June 21, 2019

dick sisto play xylophone

“No Time Like Now”: Music And Conversation With Vibraphonist Dick Sisto

"Serious jazz musicians are into their music like it's a religion," says Sisto.

July 15, 2019

Album cover of Curtis Counce

Goin' Up: Space Age Jazz

In the 1950s and 60s the race for space loomed large in the cultural imagination, and jazz artists such as Duke Ellington and Sun Ra picked up on the theme.

July 30, 2019

Cover of Jazz From Detroit book

Made In Detroit: Jazz From The Motor City, Part 1

It’s a city known for the automobile industry and the soul-pop legacy of Motown Records, but Detroit is also a great jazz capital.

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