More of the full-length Night Lights interview with historian Michael McGerr about extended jazz works that depict the history of black America.
Night Lights pays tribute to the Father's Day holiday with music from Von and Chico Freeman, Duke and Mercer Ellington, Jackie and Rene McLean, and more.
A video flashback to CBS' jazz introduction for the 1987 NCAA men's basketball championship game.
Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, John Carter, and Wynton Marsalis all undertook a weighty artistic task--to represent the history of African-Americans in music.
Jazz criticism first emerged in the 1930s and has played a role not only in how the music's been heard, but sometimes in the way it's been made.
Wynton Marsalis is both respected and scorned as jazz's most prominent spokesperson. Yet in the early '80s, he was seen simply as a brilliant young trumpeter.
Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis made an appearance Monday night on The Colbert Report, trading verbal fours with the inimitable ex-presidential “candidate”. It’s always interesting to see how guests act on Colbert–whether they get the concept and play along (as most do, especially these days) or whether they end up cluelessly deadpan.