Some Night Lights recommendations for reading about one of jazz's greatest figures, as well as some programs featuring his music.
A wartime concert, a Carnegie Hall debut, an epic work celebrating black history: the story of Duke Ellington’s most ambitious work.
Exploring the musical history of the “pianist of his own genre” depicted in the movie GREEN BOOK.
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.
Jazz elegies, Glenn Miller's Army Air Force orchestra, Duke Ellington's Treasury broadcasts, and more.
Another volume of jazz elegies in honor of jazz artists who have passed on, including tributes to Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Noone, Johnny Hodges, and others.
In the late 1960s an aging Duke Ellington faced a changing musical landscape and the loss of his longtime writing partner, Billy Strayhorn. How did he respond?
Some programs and articles posted in honor of the civil-rights icon.
Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.
An anthology that helped to elevate the artistic stature of jazz.