Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials

Series produced by WFIU

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Enjoy these special editions of Night Lights -- a weekly jazz program hosted by David Brent Johnson, focusing on classic jazz from 1945-1990. Visit our online archives and the producer's jazz blog at: http://nightights.blogs.wfiu.org

Night Lights, WFIU's weekly jazz program hosted by David Brent Johnson, focuses on jazz from the 1945-1990 era - a timespan that, as Johnson notes, "weirdly parallels Miles Davis on record and the Cold War." Covering artists such as Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, and Nina Simone and themes ranging from jazz recordings of spirituals to avant-garde interpretations of the Great American Songbook, Night Lights also features many lesser-known talents of post-1945 jazz, such as saxophonist J.R. Monterose, trumpeter Freddie Webster, and piano/singer duo Dick and Kiz Harp.

Host David Brent Johnson also maintains a widely read jazz blog and website which contains streaming archives of all past programs at: http://nightights.blogs.wfiu.org.

Stations wishing to carry Night Lights as a weekly program can contact LuAnn Johnson at lujohnso@indiana.edu for subscription and carriage information. Hide full description

Night Lights, WFIU's weekly jazz program hosted by David Brent Johnson, focuses on jazz from the 1945-1990 era - a timespan that, as Johnson notes, "weirdly parallels Miles Davis on record and the Cold War." Covering artists such as Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, and Nina Simone and themes ranging from jazz recordings of spirituals to avant-garde interpretations of the Great American Songbook, Night Lights also features many lesser-known talents of post-1945 jazz, such as saxophonist J.R. Monterose, trumpeter Freddie Webster, and piano/singer duo Dick and Kiz Harp.Host David Brent Johnson also maintains a widely read jazz blog and website which contains streaming archives of all past programs at: http://nightights.blogs.wfiu.org.Stations wishing to carry Night Lights as a weekly program... Show full description


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52 Pieces

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Perfect for Black History Month (February)or MLK Day (January), Night Lights presents this one-hour program of jazz tributes to Dr. Martin Luther K...

Bought by KAZU, WAER, KPIP-LP, WCPN, WHFR and more


  • Added: Jan 07, 2008
  • Length: 59:04
  • Purchases: 56
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A one-hour program focusing on jazz singer and songwriter Peggy Lee. Great for Women's History Month!

Bought by WJSU, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, WNPR, Spokane Public Radio, and KGLT


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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A hour-long program of jazz music, exploring the music of African-American singing ensembles in the decades of the Great Depression and the Second ...

Bought by Radio New Zealand, WEZU, and WNCU


  • Added: Feb 04, 2009
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
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A one-hour program of jazz music, exploring the black-pride movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Perfect for Black History Month (February).

Bought by KAZU, WMOT, WJAB, WESM 91.3 FM, Northeast Indiana Public Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 04, 2009
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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A one-hour program of jazz music, exploring the connection between jazz and civil rights in 20th-century America. Perfect for Black History Month (...

Bought by KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WCSU-FM, WMOT, WVAS and more


  • Added: Feb 04, 2009
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 12
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An hour-long program of classic jazz, paying tribute to departed musicians.

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, Radio New Zealand, WPTC, and KUNR


  • Added: May 26, 2009
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 4
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An hour-long program of classic jazz, celebrating an American holiday marking the formal end of slavery. Perfect special for Juneteenth (Friday, Ju...

Bought by WJSU, WJFF, KAZU, KPIP-LP, Marfa Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 02, 2009
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 10
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From the 1940s to the 1990s, several jazz composers undertook several large-scale orchestral compositions that portrayed the journey of black peopl...

Bought by WCPN, WCSU-FM, KAZU, WMOT, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 05, 2010
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 14
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An hour-long program of "cool-Yule" classic jazz, featuring holiday jazz from Louis Armstrong, Bill Evans, Horace Silver and more, including poet S...

Bought by KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WMOT, KAZU, WJAB, WVRU and more


  • Added: Nov 18, 2009
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 25
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A one-hour program focusing on the work of female jazz guitarist Emily Remler. Great for Women's History Month!

Bought by KMUW, WCPN, WNMU-FM, WFAE, WNCU and more


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 13
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An hourlong program of classic jazz, presenting the first of a two-part program exploring the life and music of Thelonious Monk, with special guest...

Bought by South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio and KGLT


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
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An hour-long program of classic jazz, presenting the second of a two-part program exploring the life and music of Thelonious Monk, with special gue...

Bought by South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio and KGLT


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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An hour-long program of classic jazz, featuring musical tributes to the so-called “Black Metropolis,” including Duke Ellington’s “Harlem,” Roy Eldr...

Bought by Radio New Zealand, 90.5 WSNC, WUCF, and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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An hourlong program of classic jazz, exploring a collection of influential jazz material know as "The Birth of the Cool" recorded by a circle of mu...

Bought by Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An hour-long program of classic jazz, celebrating Father's Day with an exploration of father-and-son teams, featuring music from Von and Chico Free...

Bought by WNMU-FM, WESM 91.3 FM, Radio New Zealand, WRGY, KZYX and more


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 13
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An hourlong program of classic jazz, highlighting end-period performances from Bill Evans, Billie Holiday, and others.

Bought by KPIP-LP, KAZU, WPTC, and South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
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An hourlong program for the Labor Day holiday, with special guest jazz historian Ted Gioia (author of the book WORK SONGS). Featured artists inclu...

Bought by WNMU-FM, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WABE, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, WMOT and more


  • Added: Aug 27, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 32
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An hourlong program of jazz for the fall season from Nat King Cole, Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington with Frank Sinatra, Sonny Rollins, ...

Bought by South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WJFF, WVAS, KRCB-FM "Radio 91" and more


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 18
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An hour-long program of classic jazz. Come along for a jzz sleigh ride with music from Shirley Horn, Paul Bley, Duke Ellington, and more...

Bought by WMOT, WCQS, KAZU, WJAB, WVAS and more


  • Added: Dec 06, 2010
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 20
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An hour-long program featuring performances of songs with lyrics by author Langston Hughes, including recordings by Nina Simone, June Christy, Jame...

Bought by KVNF, WCPN, WMOT, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WVAS and more


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 10