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Night Lights

Wednesday, 8 to 9 p.m.

Night Lights 
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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 Programming

Jul 30th, 2014: It's All In The Game: Louis Armstrong, 1947-57

A look at Louis Armstrong's life and music in the years following World War II, including interviews with jazz writer Dan Morgenstern and historian Michael McGerr.

Previous Programming

displays the previous month of programming
Jul 23rd, 2014: 1963: A Man's Dream, a Nation's Nightmare

The music of John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Eric Dolphy and more.

Jul 16th, 2014: Now Hear This: Duke Pearson's Big Band

Studio and newly-discovered live recordings by the pianist and composer's big band, plus an archival interview.

Jul 9th, 2014: Charles McPherson's Post-Bird Bop

A 75th-birthday tribute to the bebop-influenced saxophonist, including music that he recorded with Charles Mingus and pianist Barry Harris.

Jul 2nd, 2014: Freedom Jazz!

A jazz celebration of the Fourth of July, featuring music from Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean, Nina Simone and more.

Song Travels