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  1. A new Night Lights show up for online listening: Jazz Women of the 1990s
  2. Hey O gang, here's a new, recently-aired Night Lights program covering the compositions of Thad Jones: ... hope to have "Now Hear This: The Duke Pearson Big Band" up in a couple of days as well.
  3. Last week's Night Lights profiled pianist Marian McPartland, with an emphasis on her compositions, plus an interview she did with friend and WFIU jazz host Dick Bishop in the 1970s in which she reflected on her music and her life: One For Marian: Marian McPartland
  4. The Subterraneans, the only novel of Jack Kerouac's to be adapted to film so far, was released in 1960, when the media fever surrounding the Beat Generation (much of it inspired by the publication of Kerouac's On the Road in 1957) was still at a high pitch. Hollywood took great liberties with Kerouac's story of a romance between his narrator stand-in (Leo Percepied, played by George Peppard) and a young half-black, half-native American bohemian--for starters, the woman was played by the very white Leslie Caron. The soundtrack, however, was composed by Andre Previn, and it features a number of West Coast jazz luminaries--Gerry Mulligan (who also appears in the film as a hip street priest), Art Pepper, Russ Freeman, Shelly Manne, and Red Mitchell. Carmen McRae also appears, singing an updated beatnik version of "Coffee Time." We'll hear both dialogue and music from the film, including some selections only recently released on a new version of the soundtrack from Film Score Monthly. You can listen live Saturday night at 11:05 p.m. (9:05 California time, 12:05 a.m. NYC time) or in the Night Lights archives, where it will be posted Monday afternoon. Some tidbits that didn't make it into the program: Ranald Macdougall, the director replacement for the fired brother team of Dennis and Terry Sanders, originally opened the film with the credits rolling over a Pollock/Rothko-like painting that dissolved into Gerry Mulligan playing his saxophone, the light gleaming off his crucifix. This was replaced in the final version by a much more conventional opening showing San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in daytime. The words that appear onscreen were originally almost an exact quote of Allen Ginsberg's description of "the subterraneans" (his character is named Adam Moorad in the book); they were altered in a manner that rendered them more neutral and cliched. The film was originally supposed to be shot in black-and-white for a more austere aesthetic; it ended up being done in Cinemascope and Metrocolor. Article on the movie version of Kerouac's SUBTERRANEANS Photograph of the real-life model for "Mardou", the love interest of Kerouac's who inspired the book: Next week: American jazz in French new-wave cinema.
  5. There's a new Night Lights show posted today, just in time for Benny Golson's 80th birthday: The Benny Golson Songbook ...features Benny Golson and the Philadelphians doing "Stablemates," Lee Morgan doing "Where Am I?", Milt Jackson and "Whisper Not" (with a pre-Jazztet group including Benny and Art Farmer), and other late 1950s/early 1960s BG goodies, including a generous helping of Jazztet tracks at the end.
  6. This past week’s Night Lights show explores Joni Mitchell’s 1970s jazz-influenced recordings (plus several post-1980 jazz encounters as well), with Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancocl among the supporting cast: Joni + Jazz: Joni Mitchell
  7. We re-aired the 2010 Night Lights program "Herbie Nichols' Third World," including interview remarks from Nichols biographer Mark Miller, this week. Posting it here today in honor of his birthday:
  8. I'm posting this week's program a bit early, as I'm going to take an internet and social-media break until January 2nd. Full list included in the web-post, though space did not allow for everything to make it into the show itself. Happy New Year and all that jazz: Best Historical Jazz Releases 2018
  9. Last week’s Night Lights show now up for online listening: A Night Lights Wonderland Happy holidays and all that jazz... 🎄🎁 🎅
  10. A recent Night Lights show up for online listening, delving into the 1960s recordings of singer Nancy Wilson with Cannonball Adderley, Gerald Wilson, Ben Webster, George Shearing, Hank Jones, and more: Jazz Her Way: Nancy Wilson In The 1960s
  11. Features interviews with Doug Ramsey, Peanuts producer Lee Mendelson, Guaraldi friend and sideman Eddie Duran, Guaraldi's son David, and jazz pianist Luke Gillespie, as well as music from the beginning of Guaraldi's career to the end: It's Jazz, Charlie Brown: the Vince Guaraldi Story Happy holidays to all! Next week: "Bob Brookmeyer and Some of His Friends."
  12. We've been re-airing last year's NEA grant series Jazz Crossroads of America, a special four-part Night Lights look at the history of Indiana jazz. Here's the first episode, "Gennett Days: Hot Jazz From The Heartland," which includes interviews with Gennett historian Rick Kennedy and Indiana jazz historian Duncan Schiedt, as well as a slew of 1920s jazz:
  13. This week’s show, including commentary from Burton himself, in honor of the vibraphonist’s 75th birthday, which occurred yesterday (January 23): New Vibes: Gary Burton In The 1960s
  14. Music from Johnny Griffin, Eric Dolphy, Artie Shaw, Howard McGhee, Yusef Lateef and more: Enter, Evening: Jazz Nocturnes Coming up soon: "The Charlie Parker Memorial Songbook" "Workin': Work Songs in Jazz and Popular Music" (with special guest Ted Gioia)
  15. This past weekend we did a tribute show to bandleader Gerald Wilson, who turned 90 on Sept. 4. Focusing on his 1940s and 1960s big bands, it's now archived for online listening: Last of the Lions: Gerald Wilson
  16. Here's a recent, new Night Lights program devoted to the recordings that Stan Getz made in the last several years of his life: Wish I'd had enough time to work in a track from the album he did with Helen Merrill as well...
  17. Last week's Night Lights program, broadcast in honor of the Bernstein centennial, is up for online listening: Jazz Side Story: Jazz And Leonard Bernstein
  18. Last week's Night Lights show, Diggin' Diz: A Musical Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s, put together in honor of the Gillespie centennial, is now archived for online listening. The program includes the rare 1944 broadcast of Gillespie and bassist Oscar Pettiford's quintet performing "A Night In Tunisia."
  19. "Dolphy '64"

    As an 80th-birthday tribute to Eric Dolphy, a program that focuses on recordings made in the last few months of his life, both as a leader and with Andrew Hill, Charles Mingus, and Orchestra U.S.A. Much more at the link below, including videos of Dolphy with Mingus and links to several websites that have interview clips, photographs and other info from Dolphy's last year: Dolphy '64 "Dolphy '64" airs Saturday evening at 11:05 p.m. EST on WFIU and Sunday evening at 10 p.m. EST on Michigan's Blue Lake Public Radio. Other airtimes and stations can be found on the Night Lights links page. The program will be posted for online listening Monday morning in the Night Lights archives. Next week: "Jazz Goes Folk."
  20. On a recent Night Lights show historian Sam Stephenson joined me to talk about photographer W. Eugene Smith and the so-called "jazz loft," the building at 28th St and Sixth Avenue in New York City that served as a home, haunt, and jam-session space for jazz musicians and other artists in the 1950s and 60s: Music In All Things: W. Eugene Smith And The Jazz Loft The show includes music recorded at the loft by both Smith and painter David X. Young, as well as Thelonious Monk and Hall Overton discussing Monk's upcoming Town Hall concert, excerpts from notable radio programs that Smith listened to and taped, and more. Stephenson is the author of a new book about Smith, Gene Smith's Sink: A Wide-Angle View, as well as a previous book about the loft, The Jazz Loft Project.
  21. This past week's Night Lights show, We Brothers Three, is now posted for online listening. It features music from a trio of brotherly trios: *Thad, Hank and Elvin Jones *Jimmy, Percy and Tootie Heath *Wes, Buddy and Monk Montgomery
  22. Night Lights anticipated pianist Martial Solal's 90th birthday today with a program last week devoted to his 1950s and early 60s recordings: Caravan: Martial Solal, The Early Years Bon anniversaire, Monsieur Solal!
  23. This week's Night Lights program Cafe Society: the Wrong Place for the Right People takes a look at New York City's first integrated nightclub, a diverse musical panorama where artists such as Teddy Wilson, Frankie Newton, Big Joe Turner, Pete Johnson, Hazel Scott, Josh White and Lena Horne all performed, and a gathering spot for Popular Front entertainers and intellectuals. It's also the place where Billie Holiday debuted her version of "Strange Fruit," the anti-lynching song that became an early civil-rights anthem. The program features music from all of the previously-mentioned artists, as well as remarks from cultural historian Michael McGerr and Terry Trilling-Josephson, widow of Cafe Society owner Barney Josephson and co-author of his newly-published memoir. "Cafe Society: the Wrong Place for the Right People" airs tonight at 11 p.m. EST on WFIU-Bloomington, at 9 p.m. Central Time on WNIN-Evansville, and at 11 p.m. Central Time on KOSU-Oklahoma City. It also airs tomorrow evening at 10 p.m. EST on Blue Lake Public Radio and KMBH-Brownsville, TX. It is already archived for online listening.
  24. Last week's Night Lights show up, with a special thanks to Jsngry, who allowed me to use a quote from an old Organissimo post of his concerning the topic at hand: Final Miles: Miles Davis On Warner Brothers The web post also includes links to the full-length studio outtake of "Can I Play With U?" (the Prince song and recording originally intended for Tutu), Miles' appearance at Prince's 1987 New Year's Eve concert at Paisley Park, and much more.
  25. Up for the 75th anniversary of Freddie Hubbard's birth today--a recent Night Lights show, "Freddie Hubbard: The CTI Years": You can also listen to the broadcast we did about Hubbard the day after his death, which included an interview with David Baker and music from Hubbard's teenage group the Jazz Contemporaries: