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  1. "1968, Riot: The Year In Jazz"

    A recent new Night Lights show chronicling some of the jazz from 1968 is now up for online listening: 1968, Riot: The Year In Jazz
  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. This week on Night Lights it's 1959: Jazz’s Vintage Year. The year of 1959 saw an unprecedented spate of jazz masterpieces. Among the albums released or recorded that year were Miles Davis' groundbreaking Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck's blockbuster Time Out, John Coltrane's leap forward Giant Steps, Ornette Coleman's avant-garde salvo The Shape of Jazz to Come, Charles Mingus' revolutionary-in-the-tradition Mingus Ah Um, and Bill Evans' piano-trio template Portrait in Jazz. We'll hear music from all of those albums--for more on the year 1959, see the timeline below. "1959" airs Saturday, October 7 at 11:05 EST on WFIU and in a slightly different fund-drive edition at 9 p.m. Central Time on WNIN-Evansville. It will be posted Monday afternoon in the Night Lights archives. (Note: the Blue Lake edition of Night Lights this week is "The Jazz Scene." The fund-drive version of "1959" will air on Blue Lake Sunday, October 22.) Next week: "The Jazz Workshops Part 1." 1959 timeline: January—Fidel Castro takes over Cuba. Alaska admitted as 49th state to U.S. Pope John XXIII proclaims Second Vatican Council. February—Buddy Holly dies in plane crash. March—Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx make their final TV appearance together. Uprising in Tibet against Chinese occupation; Dalai Lama flees to India. Mystery writer Raymond Chandler dies. Movie Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, premiers. Lester Young dies. First sessions for Kind of Blue. John Coltrane attempts first sessions for what will eventually be released as Giant Steps. April—NASA announces selection of seven astronauts for first U.S. orbital flight. May—Japanese-Americans regain citizenship. Sidney Bechet dies. Ornette Coleman records The Shape of Jazz to Come. Charles Mingus records Mingus Ah Um. June—Johnny Horton’s “Battle of New Orleans” begins a six-week stay at #1 on the pop-rock charts. U.S. postmaster general bans D.H. Lawrence’s LADY CHATTERLY’S LOVER. America launches first ballistic-missile-carrying submarine. First sessions for Time Out. July—The so-called Nixon-Khrushchev “kitchen debate.” Billie Holiday dies. August—Hawaii becomes 50th and final (to date) U.S. state. September—WCBS in NYC bans “Mack the Knife” in response to teenage stabbings. TV show “Bonanza” begins 14-year-run on NBC. Soviet space probe Luna 2 becomes first man-made object to reach the moon. Khrushchev tours America; becomes angry when he is refused admittance to Disneyland. October—“Twilight Zone” debuts on TV. Pan American becomes first airline to offer regular flights around the world. Errol Flynn dies of heart attack at age 50. Dr. Werner von Braun begins to work for NASA. November—Charles van Doren admits to House subcommittee that he knew answers in advance on quiz show “Twenty One.” Ford discontinues Edsel. Chubby Checker introduces the Twist on “The Dick Clark Saturday Night Show.” December—Walter Williams, last surviving veteran of the Civil War, dies at the age of 117. First color photograph of Earth received from outer space. Bill Evans records Portrait in Jazz.
  4. A recent Night Lights show surveying the jazz and events of the year 1963: http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/1963-mans-dream-nations-nightmare/ Music from Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, the New York Contemporary Five, Andrew Hill, and more.
  5. "1961: New Jazz Frontier"

    Last week's Night Lights show, with music from Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and others, and a timeline for the year's events, now up for online listening: 1961: New Jazz Frontier
  6. Benny Goodman in the USSR, Ellington in the studio with John Coltrane and Charles Mingus/Max Roach, Sonny Rollins back on the scene, Ornette Coleman at Town Hall, bossa-nova on the rise, the avant-garde still simmering--a new "year in jazz" Night Lights show up for online listening, accompanied by a historical timeline for the year: 1962: Cool In Crisis
  7. "1960: Jazz at the Dawn of a Decade" (a sequel to the previous Night Lights program 1959: Jazz's Vintage Year) features music from Hank Mobley, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, the Jazztet, and Max Roach, as well as a rare encounter between Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman, playing the music of Thelonious Monk. You can also watch a video of the Jazztet at Newport and check out a historical 1960 timeline on the program page, where the show is archived for online listening. Coming up this week: "Returning the Call: More Music From the Unsung Heroes of Chicago Hardbop."