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“Dear Martin” Around the U.S., Bill Evans and the Two Debbys, the Ellington Treasury Series, and More

*A number of radio stations around the country have picked up the Night Lights show Dear Martin: Jazz Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. Station links and air dates follow:

WGBH-Boston: Monday, Jan. 21 from midnight-1 a.m. EST

KZYX-Mendocino County, California: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. Pacific time

KSJD-Cortez, Colorado: Monday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.

KCCK-Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

WSNC-Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Monday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m.

WMUB-Oxford, Ohio: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

South Dakota Public Radio: Monday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.

WNCU-Durham, North Carolina: no broadcast dates yet reported

KMUN-Washington and Oregon coast: no broadcast dates yet reported

WVAS-Montgomery, Alabama: Jan. 15 (already aired)

*On the heels of Who’s the Bill Evans Cover Girl?: were there actually two Debbys for whom Bill Evans wrote “Waltz for …”? Marc Myers turns up more than one near the end of his Mundell Lowe interview.

*Trumpeter Don Ayler, brother of avant-garde icon Albert Ayler, passed away this past autumn, provoking some note on several jazz discussion boards, but little elsewhere. A detailed remembrance appeared today in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

*Some new sites added to the Links page: Noal Cohen’s Jazz History Website, which includes features on several artists you might have also heard on Night Lights (Gigi Gryce and Teddy Charles, for starters). Also added: the Hep label (especially good for 1930s-50s jazz CDs) and Storyville Records–which informed me yesterday that they are finally resuming their Duke Ellington Treasury series, featuring weekly broadcasts that the Ellington orchestra made in the mid-1940s to help sell war bonds:

We plan to release Vol. 13 during the Duke Ellington
Conference in London in May.

Good news! You can view Storyville’s entire Ellington Treasury series here.

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