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“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.

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Nat King Cole, Jazz Pianist

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

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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.

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

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Mosaic Is Planning A Black and White Label Box Set

Chronicling a West Coast record label of the 1940s.

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Michael Brecker In Late-1960s Bloomington, Indiana

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.

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It’s About Time For Felrath Hines, Painter And Lover Of Jazz

An interview with Rachel Berenson Perry about her new study of an often-overlooked painter.

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Duke Ellington, Andy Warhol, And Yehudi Menuhin: A 1955 TV Collaboration

The future king of Pop Art and the maestro of American jazz: a fleeting and lighthearted intersection of their work on a summer 1955 TV variety program.

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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.

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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.

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Swingin’ With Kay Starr

A look at some of the jazz and swing tunes from the 1940s Capitol Records diva Kay Starr, including “Them There Eyes” and “It’s A Good Day.”

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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