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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

Sep 2nd, 2015: Crossing The Bridge: The Return of Sonny Rollins

In 1959 saxophonist Sonny Rollins vanished from the jazz scene at the height of his fame. We explore what happened when he returned two years later.

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.

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 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 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.

Previous Programs

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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.

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 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 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.

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