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  1. 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
  2. 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."
  3. Forthcoming title that looks to be of interest, especially for the photos—though Messrs Morgenstern/Rollins/Jones’ viewpoints will be welcome as well. Sittin’ In: Jazz Clubs Of The 1940s And 50s
  4. This week's Night Lights show highlights recordings made at Hermosa Beach's Lighthouse Cafe in the years following the dissolution of the All-Stars ensemble that had held court throughout the 1950s. Joe Henderson, Grant Green, the Three Sounds, Curtis Amy, Elvin Jones, the Jazz Crusaders, and Lee Morgan are among the featured artists: After The All-Stars: Live At The Lighthouse, 1960-1972 This previous program explores the 1950s All-Stars era: The Lighthouse All-Stars
  5. Several days ago I noticed in the station’s website traffic analytics that an older Night Lights show about NYC’s Cafe Bohemia club was suddenly getting a fair number of daily pageviews. Now I think I know why: Cafe Bohemia re-opens
  6. This past week's Night Lights show, "Live at Cafe Bohemia," is up for online listening: Live at Cafe Bohemia: Hardbop in the Heart of Greenwich Village Coming up this week: "Claude Thornhill: Godfather of Cool"
  7. This week's Night Lights program Cafe Society: the Wrong Place for the Right People takes a look at New York City's first integrated nightclub, a diverse musical panorama where artists such as Teddy Wilson, Frankie Newton, Big Joe Turner, Pete Johnson, Hazel Scott, Josh White and Lena Horne all performed, and a gathering spot for Popular Front entertainers and intellectuals. It's also the place where Billie Holiday debuted her version of "Strange Fruit," the anti-lynching song that became an early civil-rights anthem. The program features music from all of the previously-mentioned artists, as well as remarks from cultural historian Michael McGerr and Terry Trilling-Josephson, widow of Cafe Society owner Barney Josephson and co-author of his newly-published memoir. "Cafe Society: the Wrong Place for the Right People" airs tonight at 11 p.m. EST on WFIU-Bloomington, at 9 p.m. Central Time on WNIN-Evansville, and at 11 p.m. Central Time on KOSU-Oklahoma City. It also airs tomorrow evening at 10 p.m. EST on Blue Lake Public Radio and KMBH-Brownsville, TX. It is already archived for online listening.
  8. A recent Night Lights show now up for online listening, revisiting the historic New York City nightclub of the 1950s and early 60s, featuring broadcasts and recordings by Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Maynard Ferguson, and more: http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/jazz-corner-world-live-birdland/