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Archive for Night Lights Classic Jazz

March 30, 2020

Babs Gonzales

How Professor Bop Paid His Dues: Babs Gonzales

Babs Gonzales was the toastmaster of the bebop world, a vocalese hipster who made the scene and lived to sing and write about it.

March 24, 2020

Ella Fitzgerald 1957

Ella '57: Ella Fitzgerald Flies High

In 1957 singer Ella Fitzgerald recorded close to one hundred tracks as her career continued to soar in the wake of signing with Norman Granz’s Verve label.

March 16, 2020

Ella Fitzgerald 1957

Late Lady: Billie Holiday On Verve In The 1950s

In 1952 Billie Holiday began her last great period on record with a series of small-group sessions that capture the twilight glow of a jazz star.

March 9, 2020

Ella Fitzgerald 1957

Jazz Women Of The 1980s

A decade that saw female artists making further inroads into the male-dominated world of jazz.

March 2, 2020

Ella Fitzgerald 1957

Jazzing The Cool With Ted Gioia

Keep it cool: jazz historian Ted Gioia joins us for the music and meaning of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Bix Beiderbecke, Miles Davis and more.

February 27, 2020

Alice Coltrane Universal Consciousness

Detroit Jazz Artists On Night Lights

Explore some of the notable musicians who emerged from the 20th century Detroit jazz scene.

February 25, 2020

Geri Allen

Made In Detroit: Jazz From The Motor City, Part 2

From the 1960s on, Detroit continued to produce a stream of superlative jazz artists, even as the jazz scene in other major cities began to fade. Mark Stryker, author of JAZZ FROM DETROIT, joins us again to discuss how Detroit's jazz culture stayed alive.

February 17, 2020

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.

February 10, 2020

Cover of Jazz From Detroit book

"The Jackie Robinson Of Television": The Nat King Cole Show

How singer and pianist Nat King Cole pushed the boundaries of 1950s segregated culture through its hottest medium.

February 3, 2020

Duke Ellington Black Brown and Beige

Black, Brown And Beige: Duke Ellington's Historic Jazz Symphony

A wartime concert, a Carnegie Hall debut, an epic work celebrating black history: the story of Duke Ellington's most ambitious work.

January 25, 2020

Bob Porter's Portraits In Soul Jazz

Bob Porter's Portraits In Soul Jazz

Veteran producer and radio host Bob Porter joins Night Lights to talk about his book on one of jazz's most popular styles.

January 21, 2020

Bob Porter's Portraits In Soul Jazz

Portrait Of Jimmy Heath: The Riverside Years

Jimmy Heath was off the jazz scene for much of the 1950s, but he returned to make a string of albums that cemented his reputation as a composer and a player.

January 13, 2020

Jazz And Prohibition

The Big Speakeasy: Jazz And Prohibition

America in the 1920s: Wall Street was on the rise, cops were on the take, jazz was in the air, and alcohol had been banished—but it certainly hadn’t vanished.

January 8, 2020

Jazz And Prohibition

Jazz Is Not A Noun: Don Shirley, The Extraordinary Pianist

Exploring the musical history of the "pianist of his own genre" depicted in the movie GREEN BOOK.

January 2, 2020

Stan Getz At The Village Gate 1961

Best Historical Jazz Releases Of 2019

The past year gave us notable reissues and previously-unreleased recordings from John Coltrane, Nat King Cole, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Eric Dolphy, Art Pepper and others.

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