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January 5, 2019

 

Joni + Jazz: Joni Mitchell

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.

December 26, 2018

 

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2018

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.

December 11, 2018

 

Tyner Time: McCoy Tyner’s Blue Note Years

At the end of 1965 pianist McCoy Tyner left John Coltrane’s group and struck out on his own, eventually recording a series of albums for the Blue Note label that began the extension of his jazz legacy beyond the Coltrane quartet.

November 16, 2018

 

Jazz Scene San Francisco

Long before it was a center of the psychedelic counterculture and its attendant rock groups, San Francisco was a West Coast haven for the development of jazz.

November 16, 2018

 

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.

November 8, 2018

 

Q Is For Jazz: Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones is one of the most successful producers in the history of popular music–and he began as a jazz artist. On this edition of Night Lights we’ll hear music from the early years of Jones’ career featuring his arrangements and compositions with Clifford Brown, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, and Peggy […]

October 3, 2018

 

Jazz Women Of The 1990s

We’ll hear some of the artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Maria Schneider, Renee Rosnes, and Diana Krall who rose to prominence during the decade, as well as a trio of veterans who enjoyed a late-career renaissance, including Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, and Betty Carter.

September 23, 2018

 

Trane ’63: A Classic, A Challenge, A Change

In 1963 saxophonist John Coltrane made a jazz-vocal masterpiece with Johnny Hartman as well as another album only recently discovered, met a woman who would become his wife and musical partner, and dealt with the temporary loss of his favorite drummer.

September 4, 2018

 

Mob-Lee: Lee Morgan And Hank Mobley

Mobley’s so-called “round sound” and Morgan’s kinetic attack made for a dynamic combination on the dozen-and-a-half studio and live sessions where they appear together.

August 28, 2018

 

Jazz Side Story: Jazz And Leonard Bernstein

A centennial celebration of the American maestro’s relationship with jazz.

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