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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

Aug 6th, 2014: Soulful Days: The Cal Massey Songbook

Interpretations of a little-known jazz composer's work by John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Archie Shepp, and more.

Aug 13th, 2014: After The Vanguard: The Return Of Bill Evans

Recordings that pianist Bill Evans made as a sideman and as a leader in the year following his bassist Scott La Faro’s death in an automobile accident.

Aug 20th, 2014: Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands

Saxophonist Charlie Parker is renowned for his small-group recordings, but he also was captured a number of times in large-ensemble settings. This show features him with Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Machito, on dates under his own name, and more.

Aug 27th, 2014: Kenny Dorham

A look at the trumpeter's career spanning his recordings with Charlie Parker in the 1940s to his collaborations with Joe Henderson in the 1960s.

Previous Programming

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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.

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.