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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 Programs

Oct 7th, 2015: Conover’s Coming Over: Willis Conover And Jazz At The Voice Of America

Voice of America DJ Willis Conover helped popularize jazz around the world during the Cold War. We’ll hear some of his broadcasts and speak with his biographer, Terry Ripmaster.

Oct 14th, 2015: TBA

Oct 21st, 2015: Portrait Of Jimmy Heath: The Riverside Years

In the early 1960s saxophonist Jimmy Heath made a string of standout dates for the Riverside label. We’ll hear him as a leader and as a sideman with Milt Jackson and Blue Mitchell.

Oct 28th, 2015: Swingers: Playboy, Hugh Hefner, And Jazz

Hugh Hefner is best known as the founder of Playboy Magazine, but in the early days of his media empire he often showcased jazz performers and sponsored jazz festivals. We’ll hear recordings from some of those events and delve into the history of Hefner’s relationship with jazz.

Previous Programs

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Sep 30th, 2015: Jazz From Storyville

During the 1950s Boston's Storyville night club played host to artists such as Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, and more. We'll hear recordings made at the club by those artists and talk with Boston jazz historian Richard Vacca.

Sep 23rd, 2015: Return to Xanadu

Producer Zev Feldman joins us to discuss recent projects including the 1970s hardbop jazz label Xanadu and the Wes Montgomery anthology In The Beginning.

Sep 16th, 2015: Bebop Comes to Europe

Late-1940s recordings by American artists such as Tadd Dameron, Chubby Jackson, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker, who brought the revolutionary sound of bebop across the Atlantic to the Continent.

Sep 9th, 2015: First Fusion: Jazz-Rock Pioneers of the 1960s

Miles Davis' 1970 album Bitches Brew is often seen as the birth of the fusion movement. On this show we delve into some of the jazz-rock groups that preceded Davis' landmark double-LP.

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