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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

May 4th, 2016: Jazz Women Of The 1980s

The music of Geri Allen, Emily Remler, Cassandra Wilson, Carla Bley, and others.

May 11th, 2016: 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.

May 18th, 2016: Turn Out The Stars V. 5

More jazz eulogies for departed jazz musicians, for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

May 25th, 2016: The Last Miles

Music from trumpeter Miles Davis' final years, including his albums Amandla and Tutu, and collaborations with Shirley Horn and Quincy Jones.

Previous Programs

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Apr 27th, 2016: Ellington Ending

In the last years of his life, and no longer with the services of longtime writing partner Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington continued to compose memorable music. Historian Michael McGerr talks with us about Ellington’s late period works and years.

Apr 20th, 2016: Histories Of Jazz

A look at some of the many efforts to tell the history of jazz in a single, extended musical collage.

Apr 13th, 2016: Jivin’ With The DJs

Jazz odes to Symphony Sid Torin, Oscar Treadwell, and other DJs from Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Illinois Jacquet, and more.

Apr 6th, 2016: The Randy Weston Songbook

The music of pianist Randy Weston, performed by Weston himself and others such as Gigi Gryce, Betty Carter, and Booker Ervin.

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