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February 8, 2018

 

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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

 

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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.

August 3, 2017

 

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Teddy Wilson Set Coming From Mosaic Records, Plus A Mosaic Update

Details about Mosaic's new set devoted to the swing-era pianist, plus Mosaic's Scott Wenzel on the label's state of health.

May 28, 2017

 

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Night Lights For Memorial Day

Jazz elegies, Glenn Miller's Army Air Force orchestra, Duke Ellington's Treasury broadcasts, and more.

January 15, 2017

 

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Night Lights For MLK Day: Jazz And More

Some programs and articles posted in honor of the civil-rights icon.

December 28, 2016

 

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Take Five X 18: Writings On Jazz For NPR’s A Blog Supreme

Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.

August 21, 2016

 

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Songs Of Themselves: Jazz Autobiographies

At the intersection of performance, narrative, and remembrance: some notable jazz stories told by the musicians themselves.

July 15, 2016

 

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Mosaic Records Is Releasing A Savoy Bebop Set

Coming soon: a ten-disc set of classic late-1940s bebop.

March 17, 2016

 

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Talk About The Pageant: When R.E.M. Came To Bloomington In 1986

In the spring of 1986, the reigning kings of college-rock came to a small Indiana university town to record their new album. Why they mattered, 30 years later.

March 15, 2016

 

Cover of Linda Dahl's history of women in jazz, Stormy Weather.

Women In Jazz: A Bibliography

Biographies, historical overviews, gender-studies perspectives: a list of books (and Night Lights shows) that delve into the story of women jazz artists.

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I Wish You Love: A Keely Smith Memorial

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A remembrance of singer Keely Smith (1928–2017), known for her recordings of "That Old Black Magic" and "I Wish You Love" from the late 1950s.

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