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May 14, 2019

 

A Day For Doris Day

A career-spanning musical tribute from WFIU’s afternoon jazz program “Just You And Me.”

May 14, 2019

 

Lennie Tristano: The Jazz Guru

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

April 30, 2019

 

Playing Changes: Music And Conversation With Jazz Writer Nate 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.

April 29, 2019

 

Read Him Madly: A Duke Ellington Bibliography

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

April 28, 2019

 

Heard It On The TV: Jazz Takes On Television Themes

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.

April 25, 2019

 

Mosaic Is Planning A Black and White Label Box Set

Chronicling a West Coast record label of the 1940s.

April 23, 2019

 

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.

April 7, 2019

 

Four And More: The Year In Jazz, 1964

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.

March 16, 2019

 

“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.

March 11, 2019

 

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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