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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A recent Night Lights show surveying the jazz and events of the year 1963: Music from Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, the New York Contemporary Five, Andrew Hill, and more.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Digging into impresario Norman Granz's The Jazz Scene, a proto-box-set of six 78 records that documented the state of late-1940s modern jazz--last week's Night Lights show now up for online listening: Norman Granz's Jazz Scene
  12. 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.
  13. This past week’s Night Lights show focused on Duke Ellington’s weekly broadcasts to help sell war bonds for the U.S. government while World War II remained underway in the Pacific. It includes some little-known Ellington compositions and unusual arrangements, as well as several of Ellington’s promotional spots for war-bond sales and some news bulletins that occasionally broke into the broadcasts: “The Duke Is On The Air”: Duke Ellington’s Summer 1945 Treasury Shows
  14. Another recent new Night Lights show, this one devoted to the life and music of Elmo Hope, now up for online listening: Hope Lives: A Portrait Of Elmo Hope Our own Larry Kart is quoted early on, from a 1970 DownBeat review that he wrote of a reissued Hope LP.
  15. Hey gang, here's a new Night Lights show about saxophonist Percy France, subject of Dan Gould's recently-launched website. And this Night Lights episode was developed with considerable assistance from Mr. Gould! Hope you enjoy it: Out Of The Shadows: Percy France
  16. Posting this a bit early, since the holiday's coming up this weekend: Night Lights in the key of screeeech, with stalking monsters, road-weary Draculas, and the true tale of the jazz-loving New Orleans Mysterious Axman all part of this week's Halloween celebration. (As well as an early Gil Evans arrangement) Strange Enchantment: Jazz For Halloween
  17. "Young Wynton: Early Marsalis"

    Featuring his 1980-82 recordings with Art Blakey, Chico Freeman, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter--now archived for online listening: Young Wynton: Early Marsalis ...and now donning my flame-resistant web-surfing gear. Next week: "Turn Out the Stars, V. 3." More jazz tributes to departed musicians.
  18. This week on Night Lights it’s “Away From the Spaceways: John Gilmore.” Tenor saxophonist John Gilmore, who influenced John Coltrane and helped to pioneer the challenging techniques of 1960s avant-garde saxophone, spent most of his career with Sun Ra and his Arkestra, recording outside of Sun Ra’s band on only a handful of occasions. (Much discussion of Gilmore in the thread I started here while working on this program). His powerful, edgy style combined aspects of hardbop and outside playing; we’ll hear examples of it with pianists Andrew Hill and Paul Bley, as well as recordings that Gilmore made with McCoy Tyner, Elmo Hope, Pete LaRoca, and Art Blakey (a rare broadcast version of the ballad “I Can’t Get Started”), in addition to his 1957 Blue Note date with fellow tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan. “Away From the Spaceways” airs Saturday, October 21 at 11:05 p.m. EST on WFIU and at 9 p.m. Central Time on WNIN-Evansville. It will be posted Monday afternoon in the Night Lights archives. Next week: "Down at the 90th Floor: Dick & Kiz Harp."
  19. On a recent Night Lights show Boston jazz historian Richard Vacca revisits George Wein's 1950s nightclub with me. Broadcast performances from Charlie Parker, Lee Wiley, Erroll Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck, and more, including a Storyville reading list and basic discography: Jazz From Storyville
  20. Last week’s Night Lights show up for online listening: Jukebox Jazz: Jazz On 78s And 45s ... with an acknowledgement to this forum at the end of the program.
  21. Last week’s Night Lights centennial Bird tribute, featuring a Parker’s dozen of career-defining tracks, is up for online listening: Ornithology: A Brief History Of Charlie Parker
  22. Last week's Night Lights show, which delves into the music and history of New York City's Five Spot, is now up for online listening: Making A New Kind Of Scene: New York City's Five Spot It includes commentary from Five Spot regulars David Amram (also a Five Spot performer) and novelist Dan Wakefield, as well as live Five Spot recordings from Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane or Johnny Griffin, Eric Dolphy and Booker Little, and representational recordings by Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, and poet Frank O'Hara reading "The Day Lady Died."
  23. Last week's Night Lights program, put together in honor of the Tristano centennial this year, is now available for online listening:
  24. From 1929 to 1947 trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong, who had already made a series of seminal small-group recordings that would become a cornerstone of jazz history, rose to popular culture stardom, appearing in movies, becoming the first African-American to host a weekly radio program, and waxing a wealth of material for Decca and other labels that brought him greater commercial success, as well as critical controversy. I’ll be featuring music from those years on this edition of Night Lights, and we’ll also hear from Armstrong biographer Ricky Riccardi, whose recent book Heart Full Of Rhythm chronicles this key but often overlooked stretch of Armstrong’s career: Swing That Music: Louis Armstrong In The Big Band Era
  25. 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