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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.”

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 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.

February 9, 2019

 

It’s About Time For Felrath Hines, Painter And Lover Of Jazz

An interview with Rachel Berenson Perry about her new study of an often-overlooked painter.

February 2, 2019

 

Duke Ellington, Andy Warhol, And Yehudi Menuhin: A 1955 TV Collaboration

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.

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.

February 8, 2018

 

A Conversation With Ken Vandermark

Of 7-11s and cassette tapes: one of the world's most renowned improvisational-jazz artists on dedication, the value of art, and a life-changing encounter.

December 15, 2017

 

Mosaic Records To Release Six-CD Set Of Savory Recordings

Sing Hallelujah! Some of the 1930s and 40s jazz broadcasts captured by engineer Bill Savory will finally see a release in a physical format.

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