Night Lights, is a weekly one-hour jazz radio program hosted by David Brent Johnson, focusing on jazz from the 1945-1990 era—a timespan that, as Johnson notes, “weirdly parallels Miles Davis on record and the Cold War.” Covering artists such as Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, and Nina Simone and themes ranging from jazz recordings of spirituals to avant-garde interpretations of the Great American Songbook, Night Lights also features many lesser-known talents of post-1945 jazz, such as saxophonist J.R. Monterose, trumpeter Freddie Webster, and piano/singer duo Dick and Kiz Harp.
Aug 28th: 'Postwar Prez: Lester Young 1945-1950.'
Jazz scholar and Lester Young box-set annotator Loren Schoenberg joins us as we look at the music the saxophonist made in the years following a difficult wartime experience.
Aug 21st: 'Jazz Side Story: Leonard Bernstein.'
Bernstein’s music performed by Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong and others, as well as some excerpts of Bernstein talking about jazz.
Aug 14th: 'Very Early: Bill Evans, 1956-1958.'
Early recordings of pianist Bill Evans, including records he made with George Russell , Tony Scott, and Charles Mingus.
Aug 7th: 'Claude Thornhill: The Godfather Of Cool.'
Music of the Terre Haute, Indiana big-band leader whose 1940s orchestra helped pave the way for cool jazz.