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1963: A Man's Dream, A Nation's Nightmare

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It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times.

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Put On Earth To Play Drums: The Buddy Rich Story

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Rich on record: the legendary drummer's career as sideman, bandleader, and even singer, featuring his own commentary.

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Jazz Tonight With Steve Allen

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Steve Allen is remembered today as the founder of “The Tonight Show” and a lasting influence on late-night television. But he was also an important advocate for jazz in the 1950s.

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Santa-O! A Very Hip Christmas

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Swinging seasonal jazz for your holiday from Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Babs Gonzales, Anita O'Day, and other cool characters from the history of jazz.

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Jazz His Way: Frank Sinatra

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One of the 20th century's most iconic performers crossed musical paths with artists such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald.

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Soul Eyes: The Early Mal Waldron Songbook

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Waldron wrote several hundred pieces of music in the late 1950s and early 60s, many of them recorded by the jazz scene's top musicians.

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The Greatest Bass Player In The World: Jaco Pastorius

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In the history of jazz, there are only a few innovators who’ve actually changed the sound of their instrument. Jaco Pastorius was one of them.

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Norman Granz's Jazz Scene

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An anthology that helped to elevate the artistic stature of jazz.

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Night Lights Blog

Best Historical Releases 2021

John Coltrane A Love Supreme Live In Seattle

Night Lights' annual roundup of notable archival releases and reissues.

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A Tribute To Dominic Spera

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Indiana University jazz studies head Tom Walsh and vocalists Rachel Caswell and Janiece Jaffe joined David Brent Johnson on WFIU's "Just You And Me" to discuss Dominic Spera, the trumpeter and former IU jazz educator who passed away on Saturday, October 23 at the age of 89. Spera's music is featured as well.

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

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"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.

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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.

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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

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

A tribute to Doris Day

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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."

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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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