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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

Feb 4th, 2015: 'The Transition Records Story'

Music from a little-known but significant 1950s record label, founded by African-American producer Tom Wilson, who would go on to record Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, the Velvet Underground, and Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s. Featured artists include Donald Byrd, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, and Cecil Taylor.

Feb 11th, 2015: 'Swing It Loud: Duke Ellington's Early Black-Pride Music'

Long before the black-pride movement of the 1960s, Duke Ellington was composing music that celebrated the history, achievements, and culture of African-Americans. We'll hear music from Black, Brown and Beige, The Liberian Suite, and other Ellington works.

Feb 18th, 2015: 'Dameronia: The Tadd Dameron Story'

Music of the pianist and composer-arranger who left his stamp on the bebop and hardbop era, as well as an interview with Dameron biographer Paul Combs.

Feb 25th, 2015: 'Before Broadway: George Benson In The 1960s'

A crossover pop star of the 1970s, George Benson had already built up a considerable body of straightahead jazz work, both as a leader and with organists such as Brother Jack McDuff and Jimmy Smith. This program takes a look at the 1960s and early-70s albums that feature the guitarist in jazz settings.

Previous Programs

displays the previous month of programming
Dec 31st, 2014: TBA

Dec 24th, 2014: Special 6pm Start Time – It’s Jazz, Charlie Brown: The Vince Guaraldi Story.

Dec 17th, 2014: Rookie of the Year: Curtis Fuller '57.

Dec 10th, 2014: Bud's Buds: Toshiko Akiyoshi and Barry Harris.

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