Give Now  »

Indiana Public Media | WFIU - NPR | WTIU - PBS

Noon Edition

[com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.PageAPIAdapter@73e33fde, com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.PageAPIAdapter@4542031b, com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.TextBlockAPIAdapter@5e5e28a9, com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.PageAPIAdapter@7aee5901, com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.PageAPIAdapter@1019944d, com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.PageAPIAdapter@4516178e]

Recent Shows

From Naptown To Paris: Wes Montgomery Live

Mingus Changes Two

Five decades after Wes Montgomery's death in 1968, newly-discovered live recordings continue to emerge.

Read more »

true

The Ornette Coleman Songbook

Mingus Changes Two

Ornette Coleman's music shook up a generation of jazz artists, but some of them almost immediately began to play it.

Read more »

true

The Duke Is On The Air: Duke Ellington's Summer 1945 Treasury Department Shows

Ellington Treasury shows

In 1945, as World War II wound down in Europe and the U.S. ramped up for an invasion of Japan, Duke Ellington undertook a weekly broadcast on behalf of the war effort, playing music and encouraging civilians to buy war bonds.

Read more »

true

Lee Konitz: the Verve Years

Ellington Treasury shows

Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who died on April 15, 2020 at age 92, was a longtime master of melodic improvisation who played a part in some of jazz's most momentous acts--the Claude Thornhill big band and the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool nonet in the late 1940s, and the Lennie Tristano groups of the 1950s and early 1960s.

Read more »

true

The Swingin' Jezebel: Anita O'Day In The 1940s

In the 1940s the young singer Anita O’Day became a sensation on the big-band scene, performing one of jazz’s first racially-integrated duets and courting what would become a lifelong reputation as an independent spirit

Read more »

true

Maiden Voyage: Herbie Hancock In The 1960s

Brilliant Corners Summer 2020

In the 1960s Herbie Hancock seemed to be everywhere on the jazz scene, recording both as a leader for Blue Note and as a sideman with Miles Davis and others.

Read more »

true

How Professor Bop Paid His Dues: Babs Gonzales

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.

Read more »

true

Ella '57: Ella Fitzgerald Flies High

Ella Fitzgerald 1957

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.

Read more »

true

Older stories »

Night Lights Blog

"Thomas Merton Experiments with Meditations on Jazz": A Poem And A Night Lights Program

Brilliant Corners Summer 2020

"The great chain of witnesses": a poem by Betsy Sholl in the new issue of Brilliant Corners drew its inspiration in part from a Night Lights show.

Read more »

Detroit Jazz Artists On Night Lights

Alice Coltrane Universal Consciousness

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

Read more »

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

dick sisto play xylophone

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

Read more »

A Day For Doris Day

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

A tribute to Doris Day

Read more »

Playing Changes: Music And Conversation With Jazz Writer Nate Chinen

david 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.

Read more »

Read Him Madly: A Duke Ellington Bibliography

david chinen

Some Night Lights recommendations for reading about one of jazz's greatest figures, as well as some programs featuring his music.

Read more »

Mosaic Is Planning A Black and White Label Box Set

david chinen

Chronicling a West Coast record label of the 1940s.

Read more »

Michael Brecker In Late-1960s Bloomington, Indiana

david chinen

Before he became a world-renowned saxophonist, Michael Brecker attended Indiana University for a year and a half in the late 1960s. We'll hear some Brecker recordings from that period as well as commentary from jazz scholar David Demsey, who is organizing the archive of Brecker materials that was given to William Paterson University after Brecker's death in 2007.

Read more »

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Night Lights