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.
Jan 31st: 'Handy With The Horn: John Handy'
Tenor saxophonist John Handy gained prominence with Charles Mingus' late-1950s group and went on to record as a leader for both the Roulette and Columbia labels in the 1960s. We'll celebrate his upcoming 85th birthday with music from those albums and his appearances with Mingus.
Jan 24th: 'New Vibes: Gary Burton In The 1960s'
Vibraphonist Gary Burton was still a teenager when he burst onto the 1960s jazz scene, going on to work with Stan Getz and make a number of memorable recordings under his own name.
Jan 17th: 'Boppin' On Savoy'
In the late 1940s the Savoy label recorded many of the rising stars of bebop, including Dexter Gordon, Allen Eager, and Fats Navarro. We'll hear selections from a recent Mosaic Records anthology.
Jan 10th: 'The Jazz Monk: Thomas Merton'
Thomas Merton was one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century—and he was also a passionate jazz fan. We’ll talk with jazz musician and Merton friend Dick Sisto, and we’ll hear excerpts from experimental jazz meditations and reflections that Merton recorded in his hermitage, as well as some of the jazz that Merton enjoyed and referred to in his writings.