Give Now  »

Indiana Public Media | WFIU - NPR | WTIU - PBS

Noon Edition

[com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.PageAPIAdapter@16782687, com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.PageAPIAdapter@562608d] [com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.PageAPIAdapter@289f674a, com.hannonhill.cascade.api.adapters.PageAPIAdapter@1861fc17]

Recent Shows

Nat King Cole, Jazz Pianist

${imgAlt}

The singing icon was also a master pianist whose rhythms and harmonic language made him an influential jazz modernist.

Read more »

true

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

${imgAlt}

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.

Read more »

true

Portrait of Little Jazz: A Tribute to Roy Eldridge

${imgAlt}

He could split the stratosphere with his high notes… play you sweet and low with his ballads… glide with sudden speed through the middle registers and then slow into a cooking groove…and woe to any other trumpeter who showed up ready to jam.

Read more »

true

Pittsburgh Soul Connection: Horace Parlan And Stanley Turrentine

Horace Parlan and Stanley Turrentine

Pittsburgh has produced many great jazz artists, and at the beginning of the 1960s two of them teamed up to make a notable series of albums for the Blue Note label.

Read more »

true

Dear Martin, P.S.: More Jazz Tributes To Martin Luther King Jr.

Billy Taylor It's A Matter Of Pride

This sequel to a previous program of jazz salutes to the civil-rights icon includes music from Bobby Hutcherson, Max Roach, and Herbie Hancock.

Read more »

true

Best Historical Releases 2020

Monk Palo Alto 1968

Night Lights' annual survey of notable reissues and historical releases includes music from Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Shirley Scott, and others.

Read more »

true

Swingers: Hugh Hefner, Playboy Magazine, And Jazz

Monk Palo Alto 1968

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.

Read more »

true

Have Yourself a Very Quiet Christmas

Monk Palo Alto 1968

Night Lights pays tribute to the holidays in the mellowest of moods.

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 »

A Day For Doris Day

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

A career-spanning musical tribute from WFIU's afternoon jazz program "Just You And Me."

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 »

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Night Lights