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Night Lights' Theme Songs: Mary Lou Williams And Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan's Night Lights album cover

From time to time I get emails asking me about the theme music for Night Lights. The show's opening theme comes from pianist and composer/arranger Mary Lou Williams; it's called "Miss D.D." (named in honor of Williams friend, socialite, jazz lover, and future foundation supporter of NPR Doris Duke):

For more about Mary Lou Williams, check out the Night Lights program A Brief History Of Mary Lou Williams.

The program's closing theme (which also provided the source of the show's title) is saxophonist Gerry Mulligan's "Night Lights" (1963 version):

Both the opening and closing themes are available as individual downloads or on CD:

Mary Lou Williams' Black Christ Of The Andes

Gerry Mulligan's Night Lights

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