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  1. Last week's Night Lights show--an attempt to fill out the story of the so-called "Bad Day At Black Rock," in which Ornette Coleman, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Charles Mingus were all supposedly dropped from the label in a single day--now up for online listening: The Great Columbia Jazz Purge: Coleman, Evans, Jarrett and Mingus Some more information and links at the bottom of the post, including a long quote from Clive Davis included in Chris Albertson's 1971 Saturday Review article about Miles Davis.
  2. Damn, pops, it's Professor Bop! This past week's Night Lights show about mid-century arbiter of the hepgeist Babs Gonzales is now up for online listening: How Professor Bop Paid His Dues: Babs Gonzales
  3. "1968, Riot: The Year In Jazz"

    A recent new Night Lights show chronicling some of the jazz from 1968 is now up for online listening: 1968, Riot: The Year In Jazz
  4. Last week's show, exploring Ellington's score for the 1959 Otto Preminger film Anatomy Of A Murder and Lewis' score for Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow, made the same year, is up for online listening: Black Composers In Hollywood: Duke Ellington and John Lewis, 1959
  5. This week on Night Lights it's "Word From Mingus," a program of Charles Mingus' 1950s spoken-word collaborations with poet Langston Hughes, monologuist Jean Shepherd, and actor Melvin Stewart. We'll also hear Mingus' own performance of his piece "Chill of Death," written when Mingus was a teenager in the late 1930s and recorded for release on the 1972 album LET MY CHILDREN HEAR MUSIC. You can listen to the program live this Saturday night on WFIU at 11:05 p.m. (8:05 California time, 10:05 Chicago time) here, or listen to it in the Night Lights archives, where it will be posted Monday afternoon. Next week: "The Late Miss D." Dinah Washington's Roulette recordings.
  6. This week on Night Lights--delving into the 1957 film, soundtrack, and cultural significance of Sweet Smell of Success with film expert James Naremore (author of MORE THAN NIGHT: FILM NOIR IN ITS CONTEXTS) and Indiana University music professor and Dial M for Musicology blogger Phil Ford. Playwright Clifford Odets, actors Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, director Alexander Mackendrick, and the Chico Hamilton Quintet all helped shape the direction of a movie that's become a cinematic classic. The program is archived for online listening: Sweet Smell of Success Air times for Night Lights around the U.S.
  7. Finally able to post this program, which features music from Lateef’s richly diverse 1960s discography and commentary from Mark Stryker: The Jazz Message of Yusef Lateef: The 1960s ... it’s a sequel to the earlier program The Jazz Message of Yusef Lateef: The 1950s, which also includes commentary from Mark.
  8. "Woody Herman's Trip To Mars"

    Last week's Night Lights show, which draws on the recent Mosaic set of Woody Herman's recordings for Decca, MGM, and Mars, and which includes commentary from set annotator Jeff Sultanof, is now up for online listening: Woody Herman's Trip To Mars
  9. Jazz and Jack Kerouac ...includes info about the program, a link to the entire 26-minute underground film Pull My Daisy (narrated by Kerouac, jazz score by David Amram), Larry Kart's excellent essay on the topic (which he posted here in a Kerouac thread on the board), a video clip of Kerouac reading from On the Road on The Steve Allen Show, a talk by Sam Charters about Kerouac and jazz, and more. The program will air this evening at 11:05 p.m. EST on WFIU, at 9 p.m. Central Time on WNIN, and at 10 p.m. EST Sunday evening on Michigan's Blue Lake Public Radio. The program will be posted for online listening Monday morning in the Night Lights archives. Next week: "The Incomplete Sonny Berman."
  10. A new Night Lights show up for online listening: Jazz Women of the 1990s
  11. Another recent Night Lights show up for online listening, devoted to Ellington's musical celebrations of black culture and identity in the 1930s and 40s: Swing It Loud: Duke Ellington's Early Black-Pride Music
  12. Jazz pianist Billy Taylor was also a broadcaster and educator who helped found the Jazzmobile organization in 1960s Harlem and wrote the civil-rights anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.” Celebrate his centennial today with a new Night Lights show that includes clips from his appearances on the 1958 TV show The Subject Is Jazz and his work as a jazz journalist for CBS News Sunday Morning With Charles Kuralt: The Teacher: Billy Taylor
  13. 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."
  14. Count Basie and Paul Robeson team up to salute Joe Louis, Gil Scott-Heron pays tribute to Billie Holiday and John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard delivers a jazz skyhook for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Duke Ellington paints a musical picture of Mahalia Jackson, and more on this recent edition of Night Lights: Portraits In Black: Jazz Tributes To African-American Heroes Coming up this week: "Ready For Freddie Redd."
  15. This week on Night Lights it’s “Later: Bobby Hutcherson in the Mid-1970s.” Bobby Hutcherson made his first appearance on a Blue Note date in 1963, playing on saxophonist Jackie McLean’s LP ONE STEP BEYOND. In the next 14 years Hutcherson would record 22 albums as a leader for the label and appear as a sideman with musicians such as Joe Henderson, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock, becoming a prominent figure in the avant-bop landscape of the 1960s. The Blue Note label went through big changes after founding owner Alfred Lion sold the company, and Hutcherson was one of the few classic 1960s artists to stay, along with pianist Horace Silver and trumpeter Donald Byrd. The success of Hutcherson’s tune “Ummh” from his early-1970s album SAN FRANCISCO led to a renewal of the vibraphonist’s contract with the label, and he went on to record five albums that have now been collected by Mosaic records in a single set, after having been unavailable for decades. During the mid-1970s Hutcherson was able to maintain and lead a strong working group, and to also bring in talented colleagues for studio dates; these albums feature players such as trumpeters Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard, saxophonist Harold Land and Manny Boyd, and pianist George Cables. Although Blue Note’s glory days were already past when these records were made, they reflect the intensity of the label’s best work. “Later” airs Saturday, April 14 at 11:05 p.m. EST on WFIU and at 9 p.m. Central Time on WNIN-Evansville. It will also air Sunday evening at 10 p.m. EST on Michigan's Blue Lake Public Radio. The program will be posted by Tuesday morning in the Night Lights archives. Next week: "Slide at 75."
  16. 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.
  17. This past week's Night Lights show, devoted to drummer Chico Hamilton's early and mid-1960s recordings, is now up for online listening: A Different Journey: Chico Hamilton In The 1960s ...and a happy birthday to Mr. Hamilton, who turns 90 today.
  18. A recent Night Lights show surveying the jazz and events of the year 1963: http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/1963-mans-dream-nations-nightmare/ Music from Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, the New York Contemporary Five, Andrew Hill, and more.
  19. A recent Night Lights profile of Buddy Rich that includes excerpts from a 1969 interview with WFIU jazz host Dick Bishop is now up for online listening: Put On Earth To Play Drums: The Buddy Rich Story The web-post includes a link to the 1969 interview in its entirety, in which Rich discusses everything from his musical origins and time with the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey big bands to the state of jazz circa 1969.
  20. This week's Night Lights show is a centennial salute to TV host and jazz advocate Steve Allen. The program includes clips of appearances on Allen's show by Art Tatum and Miles Davis, excerpts from the triple-LP The Story Of Jazz that Allen narrated, Allen's jazz/poetry collaboration with Jack Kerouac, an all-star performance of Allen's signature song "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big," and more: Jazz Tonight With Steve Allen
  21. This year's Night Lights entry in the holiday annals, with a cameo appearance from 77 Sunset Strip's Edd "Kookie" Byrnes: Santa-O! A Very Hip Christmas
  22. Here's a Night Lights program that originally aired last December for the Sinatra centennial and re-aired this past week, now archived for online listening: Jazz His Way: Frank Sinatra It gathers some rarely-heard encounters with Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald along with broadcasts and recordings made with Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, Red Norvo, and others.
  23. A happy 87th birthday today to pianist Barry Harris, and three days late to Toshiko Akiyoshi. Here's this week's Night Lights program, celebrating them both: Bud's Buds: Barry Harris And Toshiko Akiyoshi
  24. Last week's Night Lights show, focusing on Waldron's late 1950s and early 60s music, up for online listening: Soul Eyes: The Early Mal Waldron Songbook
  25. Last week's Night Lights program, featuring Jaco's recordings from 1976 to 1981, as well as an interview with bassist and Indiana University jazz faculty member Jeremy Allen, is now up for online listening: The Greatest Bass Player In The World: Jaco Pastorius