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Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials

Series produced by WFIU

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Enjoy these special editions of Night Lights -- a weekly jazz program hosted by David Brent Johnson, focusing on classic jazz from 1945-1990. Visit our online archives and the producer's jazz blog at: http://nightights.blogs.wfiu.org

Night Lights, WFIU's weekly jazz program hosted by David Brent Johnson, focuses 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.

Host David Brent Johnson also maintains a widely read jazz blog and website which contains streaming archives of all past programs at: http://nightights.blogs.wfiu.org.

Stations wishing to carry Night Lights as a weekly program can contact LuAnn Johnson at lujohnso@indiana.edu for subscription and carriage information. Hide full description

Night Lights, WFIU's weekly jazz program hosted by David Brent Johnson, focuses 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.Host David Brent Johnson also maintains a widely read jazz blog and website which contains streaming archives of all past programs at: http://nightights.blogs.wfiu.org.Stations wishing to carry Night Lights as a weekly program... Show full description


Additional Files

27 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Jackie Robinson
Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.

Bought by WMOT and WJSU


  • Added: Feb 08, 2016
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 2
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Long before the rise of the black-pride movement in the 1960s, Ellington was writing music that celebrated African-American culture, personalities,...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2015
  • Length: 59:02
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Wilson's records blended big-band and small-group elements with pop orchestration and doses of soul that could be both big-city hip and suburban cool.

Bought by WMOT


  • Added: Dec 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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An hour-long program of classic jazz: An exploration of the path of Melba Liston as she became an arranger/composer and an instrumentalist in the j...

Bought by KMUW, Radio New Zealand, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Mar 09, 2015
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 4
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A 'frighteningly' awesome Halloween special! One hour of classic jazz -- paranormal jazz encounters -- with music from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis,...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KREV-LP


  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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An hour-long program of classic jazz, exploring the orgins of "hip."

Bought by South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, KHNS, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jun 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Andrew Hill's Black Fire LP
An hour-long program of classic jazz: It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the gr...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Feb 07, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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An hour-long program of classic jazz, featuring women instrumentalists who thrived in the upside-down jazz world of wartime America.

Bought by KMUW, WMOT, WXAV 88.3FM, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 09, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
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An hour-long program of classic jazz, in which Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights to talk about his latest book.

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Sep 09, 2013
  • Length: 58:53
  • Purchases: 2
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An hour-long program of classic jazz music, in which JazzWax blogger and Wall Street Journal music writer Marc Myers discusses his book about how c...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Sep 09, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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An hour-long program of classic jazz, paying tribute to the holidays with an emphasis on the quiet, reflective side of Christmas melodies.

Bought by WVAS, KREV-LP, WCQS, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and WVRU


  • Added: Dec 14, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
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The fourth and final installment of the Jazz Crossroads of America series. In the 1960s universities began to establish jazz education programs, an...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and WPTC


  • Added: Oct 02, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 3
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Part 3 in the Jazz Crossroads of America series. The National Road is also a metaphor for the exodus of talented jazz musicians from Indiana in the...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
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Episode 2 of “Jazz Crossroads of America,” a special four-part series on the history of Indiana jazz. Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnso...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
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Episode 1 of “Jazz Crossroads of America,” a special four-part series on the history of Indiana jazz. King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbeck...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
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An hour-long special featuring jazz music and spoken-word performances for the coming New Year from Charlie Parker, Lenny Bruce, Slim Gaillard, Ken...

Bought by WRGY, WRFA-LP, WVAS, KBRP Community Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: Dec 08, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 12
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An hour-long program of classic jazz featuring female jazz performers and composers of the 1960s.

Bought by Red River Radio Network, KAZU, WJFF, WMOT, WSKG and more


  • Added: Feb 11, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 24
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An hour-long program of classic jazz. Come along for a jzz sleigh ride with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, and more...

Bought by WCQS, KAZU, WJAB, WVAS, WCQS and more


  • Added: Dec 06, 2010
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 19
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An hourlong program for the Labor Day holiday, with special guest jazz historian Ted Gioia (author of the book WORK SONGS). Featured artists inclu...

Bought by WVAS, WNMU-FM, KAZU, WAMC, Radio New Zealand and more


  • Added: Aug 27, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 24
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From the 1940s to the 1990s, several jazz composers undertook several large-scale orchestral compositions that portrayed the journey of black peopl...

Bought by WCSU-FM, KAZU, WMOT, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: Jan 05, 2010
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 13