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  1. This new Night Lights show, put together with input from members of this board (you are thanked in the outgoing credits!) is now up for online listening: Mob-Lee: Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan
  2. Dizzy Gillespie running for president? The arrival of the Beatles? The October Revolution in jazz? All of that and more on another Night Lights "the year in jazz" program: Four And More: 1964, The Year In Jazz
  3. A recent Night Lights show that draws on selections from the recently-released Mosaic Records Savory set is now up for online listening: Savoring The Savory Collection
  4. A new Night Lights show up for online listening: Jazz Women of the 1990s
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Posting this week’s Night Lights show a bit early in honor of the Nat King Cole centennial—the music and story of Cole’s groundbreaking 1956-57 TV variety program: “The Jackie Robinson of Television”: The Nat King Cole Show It also airs at 10 this evening on Michigan’s Blue Lake Public Radio.
  8. Here's a recent Night Lights episode devoted to drummer Roy Haynes, focusing on the recordings he made from the late 1940s through the beginning of the 1970s with artists such as Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, and Sarah Vaughan, in addition to his own dates as a leader: Snap, Crackle and Swing: Young Roy Haynes
  9. Kicking off the countdown to the Nat King Cole centennial with a new Night Lights program: Nat King Cole, Jazz Pianist Lots of trio sides, encounters with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Les Paul, and Coleman Hawkins, plus selections from The Piano Style Of Nat King Cole, Penthouse Serenade, and After Midnight. Coming up later this week: “‘The Jackie Robinson of Television’: The Nat King Cole Show.”
  10. Last week’s Night Lights show features live recordings of guitarist Wes Montgomery in his hometown of Indianapolis, in California, in New York, and in Paris: From Naptown To Paris: Wes Montgomery Live Coming up this week: “Black, Brown And Beige: Duke Ellington’s Historic Jazz Symphony.”
  11. 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.
  12. A new Night Lights program that focuses on the debut and afterlife of Ellington's 45-minute-long musical panorama of African-American history, with extensive commentary from Ellington biographer Harvey Cohen, as well as remarks from Wynton Marsalis and Ellington himself: Black, Brown And Beige: Duke Ellington's Historic Jazz Symphony I'm going to tweak the online version just a bit later today, but the current broadcast audio is available at the link above.
  13. Last week’s Night Lights took a look at the musical career of pianist Don Shirley, recently depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie Green Book: “Jazz Is Not A Noun”: Don Shirley, The Extraordinary Pianist
  14. “Dolphy ‘63”

    Last week’s Night Lights show, which highlights some of the newly-reissued 1963 studio recordings as well as live performances featuring Herbie Hancock and the music of Gunther Schuller, is now up for online listening: Dolphy ‘63
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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:
  18. 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
  19. Last week’s Night Lights show now up for online listening: A Night Lights Wonderland Happy holidays and all that jazz... 🎄🎁 🎅
  20. 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
  21. Posting this brand-new Night Lights program in honor of Mr. Tyner's 80th birthday today: Tyner Time: McCoy Tyner's Blue Note Years The show focuses exclusively on his leader dates for Blue Note from 1967 to 1970.
  22. 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."
  23. 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
  24. 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:
  25. 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