How singer and pianist Nat King Cole pushed the boundaries of 1950s segregated culture through its hottest medium.
The singing icon was also a master pianist whose rhythms and harmonic language made him an influential jazz modernist.
A wartime concert, a Carnegie Hall debut, an epic work celebrating black history: the story of Duke Ellington’s most ambitious work.
Five decades after Wes Montgomery’s death in 1968, newly-discovered live recordings continue to emerge.
An interview with Rachel Berenson Perry about her new study of an often-overlooked painter.
Exploring the musical history of the “pianist of his own genre” depicted in the movie GREEN BOOK.
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.
Often described by his peers as a “saint,” Dolphy was a multi-instrumentalist and musical seeker whose legacy rests on recordings made in the last four years of his life.
Joni Mitchell is well-known as the writer of radio hits such as “Both Sides Now” and “Help Me”, but she also formed connections with the jazz world, especially in the 1970s.
A newly-discovered album by John Coltrane, a treasure trove of late-1930s radio broadcasts, a trumpeter’s ground-breaking 1960s big band, and one of early jazz’s hottest groups are just some of the recordings you’ll hear as the year draws to a close on Night Lights.