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Jazz From Storyville

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Throughout the 1950s jazz promoter George Wein ran a Boston nightclub that showcased some of the music’s most notable performers.

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

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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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Goin' Up: Space Age Jazz

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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.

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Jazz In The Postwar French Cinema

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French culture in the postwar years was strongly influenced by both jazz and the growing American genre of film noir.

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Jazz Mission Possible: Lalo Schifrin's Early Years

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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.

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1968, Riot: The Year In Jazz

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As the 1960s neared to a close, the jazz world continued to absorb the cultural upheavals of a volatile decade.

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Jazz Of All Trades: The Eclectic Andre Previn

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Jazzing Broadway songs, scoring movies, conducting classical music: Andre Previn could do it all before he'd even turned 30.

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Lennie Tristano: The Jazz Guru

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

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Heard It On The TV: Jazz Takes On Television Themes

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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.

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Four And More: The Year In Jazz, 1964

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From Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" to John Coltrane's A LOVE SUPREME, from the impact of the Beatles to the avant-garde's October revolution, a notable year.

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

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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

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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

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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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From Naptown To Paris: Wes Montgomery Live

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

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

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

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Jazz For Mad Men: Hits From The 1960s

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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.

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

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

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A Day For Doris Day

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A tribute to Doris Day

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Playing Changes: Music And Conversation With Jazz Writer Nate Chinen

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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.

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Read Him Madly: A Duke Ellington Bibliography

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

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Mosaic Is Planning A Black and White Label Box Set

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Chronicling a West Coast record label of the 1940s.

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Michael Brecker In Late-1960s Bloomington, Indiana

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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

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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

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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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