Langston Hughes, songwriter? The celebrated African-American author wrote numerous songs, recorded by Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Gary Bartz, and others.
Night Lights' annual holiday tribute celebrates the season with plenty of cool-Yule jazz from Chet Baker, Bob Brookmeyer, John Coltrane, Shorty Rogers and more.
Writers responding to jazz and the musicians who make it.
Back in the early 1990s, when I was in the first throes of becoming a passionate jazzhead, a friend made me a mix tape called “Henry Grimes, Where Are You?” He knew of my obsession with the missing bassist, who appeared on many classic 1960s jazz recordings and worked with everybody from Benny Goodman and Gerry Mulligan to Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler before vanishing in the late 1960s–presumably dead, according…
Ring in 2016 with poets, jazz masters, and standup comics.
A program of Charles Mingus' 1950s spoken-word collaborations with poet Langston Hughes, monologuist Jean Shepherd, and actor Melvin Stewart.
The program includes a 1966 recording of Frank O'Hara reading his poetic tribute, "The Day Lady Died."