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.
Feb 22nd: 'Soul Jazz: Bob Porter's New Book'
Longtime jazz and blues producer and radio host Bob Porter joins us to talk about his new chronicle of the mid-20th century soul-jazz movement.
Feb 15th: '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 8th: 'The Vee-Jay Jazz Story'
In 1953 a Gary, Indiana couple started a label that would become one of the most significant black-owned record companies in America. We’ll hear the jazz artists such as Lee Morgan, Wynton Kelly, and Wayne Shorter who recorded for Vee-Jay Records.
Feb 1st: 'Class Of '57: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers'
Drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers served for several decades as the so-called"hardbop academy," helping to hone the talents of musicians such as Lee Morgan and Wynton Marsalis. This program features a lesser-known edition of the group that included saxophonists Jackie McLean and Johnny Griffin.
Dec 28th: 'Best Historical Releases Of 2016.'
Music from some of the year's outstanding discoveries and reissues, including Bill Evans, Lester Young, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, and more.