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In 1963 the sixth annual Monterey Jazz Festival included a blues duet between Gerry Mulligan and Peewee Russell, the festival debuts of Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, a moving performance from Jack Teagarden just four months before his death at the age of 58, and a dedication from the Modern Jazz Quartet to Martin Luther King Jr., weeks after his “I have a dream” speech and days after the deaths of four African-American girls in a Birmingham, Alabama church bombing. Oh, and Dizzy Gillespie launched his “Dizzy For President” campaign as well. Last week’s Night Lights show up for online listening: Jazz From Monterey, 1963: Dizzy For President!
This past weekend's Night Lights show, Jazz From Monterey: 1958, Birth of a Festival, is now up for online listening (just ahead of the 2010 festival). It features live performances from the Jimmy Giuffre 3, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday, Cal Tjader, and Dave Brubeck. Coming later this week: "Goin' Up: Jazz in the Space Age."
Last week's Night Lights show, Jazz From Monterey: 1966, is now posted for online listening. It includes music from Joe Henderson (a quartet with Bobby Hutcherson), Randy Weston, Charles Lloyd, Don Ellis, Bola Sete, and Cannonball Adderley. Last year's program, Jazz From Monterey: 1958, Birth Of A Festival, is also available for online listening.