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Airs Monday, September 4, 2017, at 11 p.m. Work songs gave laborers a way of transforming their toil into something more meaningful, of enriching their everyday lives through music. How did the influence of the work song emerge in the recordings of artists such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Nat Adderley, Dave Brubeck and other musicians? Jazz historian Ted Gioia, author of Work Songs, joins Night Lights for a Labor Day look at the work song's relationship to jazz and popular music.

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Airs Monday, February 27, 2917, at 9 p.m. The fruitful collaboration between Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington is widely known to have brought us such classics as “Take The ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” and “Isfahan.” But behind the music, Billy Strayhorn led a complex and often vice-driven life. While composing some of the most harmonically rich jazz of its time, often in the shadow of Duke Ellington, Strayhorn was an outlier in that he led an openly gay life as a black man in the homophobic 1940s.

Airs Monday, January 18, at 9 p.m."Dear Martin" is jazz tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was a jazz fan, and eloquently expressed his admiration for the music in his opening remarks to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival.

Airs Thursday, October 29, at 8 p.m. Mark Shane plays classic jazz piano and his spirited "striding and tickling" combines ragtime feeling, blues, infectious humor, virtuosic technique and a time honored repertoire drawn from the golden age of jazz and swing. Listeners delight to hits made famous by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson and other jazz greats. Mr.

Airs Monday, September 7 at 11 p.m. Work songs gave laborers a way of transforming their toil into something more meaningful, of enriching their everyday lives through music.  How did the influence of the work song emerge in the recordings of artists such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Nat Adderley, Dave Brubeck and other musicians?  Jazz historian Ted Gioia, author of Work Songs, joins Night Lights for a Labor Day look at the work song's relationship to jazz and popular music.

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