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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

Aug 5th, 2015: The Scene Changes: The Life and Music of Bud Powell, Part 2

Powell biographer Peter Pullman joins us again to help chronicle the up-and-down final years of a bebop piano legend.

Aug 12th, 2015: Here Comes The Sun: Nina Simone On RCA

In late 1966 singer and pianist Nina Simone signed with RCA Records and continued her genre-bending explorations of jazz, blues, pop, folk, and soul.

Aug 19th, 2015: After Brubeck: Paul Desmond 1967-77

A look at the saxophonist's recordings made in the wake of the Brubeck Quartet's break-up. Desmond biographer Doug Ramsey joins us.

Aug 26th, 2015: Jazz a la Sauter: Eddie Sauter

The music of arranger Eddie Sauter, performed by Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Red Norvo and others.

Previous Programs

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Mar 25th, 2015: 'Jazz Women Of the 1940s'

Trumpeter Billie Rogers, vibraphonist Marjorie Hyams, and other unsung heroines of the World War II era in jazz.

Mar 18th, 2015: 'Jazz Her Way: Nancy Wilson In The 1960s'

Vocalist Nancy Wilson recorded prolifically for Capitol Records in the 1960s, teaming up with jazz artists such as Cannonball Adderley, George Shearing, Gerald Wilson, and Hank Jones. Those collaborations and more are highlighted on this tribute to the singer.

Mar 11th, 2015: 'Snap, Crackle and Haynes: Roy Haynes On Drums'

A 90th-birthday tribute to one of jazz's greatest drummers, heard here in the company of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, and others.

Mar 4th, 2015: '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.

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