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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.

February 22, 2019

 

Black, Brown And Beige: Duke Ellington’s Historic Jazz Symphony

A wartime concert, a Carnegie Hall debut, an epic work celebrating black history: the story of Duke Ellington’s most ambitious work.

February 13, 2019

 

From Naptown To Paris: Wes Montgomery Live

Five decades after Wes Montgomery’s death in 1968, newly-discovered live recordings continue to emerge.

February 6, 2019

 

Jazz Is Not A Noun: Don Shirley, The Extraordinary Pianist

Exploring the musical history of the “pianist of his own genre” depicted in the movie GREEN BOOK.

January 31, 2019

 

Dolphy ’63

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.

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.

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Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

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