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Night Lights



Wednesday, 8 to 9 p.m.

Night Lights 
This program is available for sponsorship!
(Contact Ron Horan for more details.)


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.


Upcoming Programs

May 25th, 2016: The Last Miles

Music from trumpeter Miles Davis' final years, including his albums Amandla and Tutu, and collaborations with Shirley Horn and Quincy Jones.

Jun 1st, 2016: 'The Man Before Miles: Freddie Webster'

A centennial salute to a little-known trumpeter who influenced the young Miles Davis, featuring recordings with Sarah Vaughan, Bud Powell, and others.

Jun 8th, 2016: 'Matrix: The Emergence Of Chick Corea'

A 75th-birthday tribute to the pianist featuring his recordings with Stan Getz, Blue Mitchell, Miles Davis, and as a leader in the 1960s.

Jun 15th, 2016: 'Boppin' And Buzzin' On Bee Hive'

From 1977 to 1985 Chicago’s small Bee Hive label released a wealth of hardbop and straightahead jazz by Clifford Jordan, Sal Salvador, Johnny Hartman, and others. Mosaic Records has now reissued the label’s entire discography, and former DownBeat editor Aaron Cohen, who annotated the Mosaic collection, joins us to talk about the Bee Hive story.

Jun 22nd, 2016: 'Hope Lives: A Portrait Of Elmo Hope'

Elmo Hope was a highly-respected compatriot of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell whose 1950s and 60s recordings as a leader and sideman constitute a unique chapter of hardbop piano.

Jun 29th, 2016: 'Jazz His Way: Frank Sinatra'

A tribute to the Chairman of the Board, featured in small-group and big-band jazz settings throughout his storied career.

Previous Programs

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May 18th, 2016: Turn Out The Stars V. 5

More jazz eulogies for departed jazz musicians, for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

May 11th, 2016: Melba Liston: First Lady Of Trombone

Melba Liston was a pioneering female jazz artist both as a trombonist and as a composer/arranger. We'll trace her career from Gerald Wilson's 1940s big-band through her collaborations with pianist Randy Weston from the 1960s on.

May 4th, 2016: Jazz Women Of The 1980s

The music of Geri Allen, Emily Remler, Cassandra Wilson, Carla Bley, and others.

Apr 27th, 2016: Ellington Ending

In the last years of his life, and no longer with the services of longtime writing partner Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington continued to compose memorable music. Historian Michael McGerr talks with us about Ellington’s late period works and years.

 
 
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