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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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 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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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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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 Northwest Public Broadcasting, WVAS, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WMOT, KAZU and more


  • Added: Nov 18, 2009
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 27
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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