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  1. The first part of a two-part Night Lights show about Detroit jazz with special guest Mark Stryker is now up for online listening: Made In Detroit: Jazz From The Motor City, Part 1 Part 2 to follow in the next few days.
  2. Last week's Night Lights show now up for online listening: Jazz Scene San Francisco
  3. Suggestions, additions welcome: http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/jazz-capitals-america-books/
  4. Last week's Night Lights show, with music from Eddie Higgins, the MJT + 3's first LP with Muhal Richard Abrams, Paul Serrano, John Young, Clifford Jordan with John Gilmore, and Ira Sullivan, is now up for online listening: Returning the Call: More From the Unsung Heroes of Chicago Hardbop It's a sequel to an earlier show, Chicago Calling.
  5. Much more information here, along with a video of Booker Little and George Coleman performing with Max Roach. The show covers the late-1950s and 1960s recordings of Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Booker Little, and Frank Strozier--with at least two members playing on every side that's featured. Separate shows on some of these artists will follow later this year, along with a show about Phineas Newborn Jr. The Memphis Mafia: Mabern, Strozier, Coleman and Little airs Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11:05 p.m. EST on WFIU and at 9 p.m. Central Time on WNIN-Evansville. It will also air on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. EST on Michigan's Blue Lake Public Radio. The program will be posted for online listening Monday morning in the Night Lights archives. Next week: "Miss Peggy Lee, Songwriter."
  6. Here's another episode from Jazz Crossroads Of America, the NEA-grant series that Night Lights did on the history of Indiana jazz. This program delves into the world of Indiana Avenue, the "main stem" in mid-20th century Indianapolis that played a role in the rise of musicians such as J.J. Johnson, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, and David Baker: http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/indiana-avenue-black-boulevard-jazz/
  7. This past week's show up for online listening--music from Ira Sullivan, Wilbur Ware, John Jenkins and more: Chicago Calling: Unsung Heroes of the City's Hardbop Scene ...already at work on a sequel.
  8. This week on Night Lights it’s Come On Down to Central Avenue as we explore the sounds of the mid-20th-century Los Angeles jazz scene with historian Steve Isoardi (editor of the oral history book Central Avenue Sounds). Jam sessions, bebop, r & b, big bands, visits from Hollywood celebrities—as the center of African-American culture in L.A., Central Avenue had it all. We’ll hear the music of artists such as Dexter Gordon, Howard McGhee, Hadda Brooks, Charles Mingus, Gerald Wilson, Lionel Hampton, and many other eventual jazz greats who got their start on the Avenue, or who spent significant time there…. and we’ll verbally stroll through the vibrant streets of the Central Avenue neighborhood circa 1945 with Mr. Isoardi. “Come On Down to Central Avenue” airs Saturday, February 17 at 11:05 p.m. EST on WFIU and at 10 p.m. EST Sunday, February 18 on Michigan's Blue Lake Public Radio. (WNIN-Evansville is doing their spring fund-drive this week and will air our spring funder, "Bop! Go the Big Bands.") The program will be posted late Monday in the Night Lights archives. Next week: Steve Isoardi joins us again for "One More You Wrote Through Us: Horace Tapscott."