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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Night Lights

Those of us who are 'of a certain age' will probably remember listening to AFN - the American Forces Network in Europe - also The Voice of America Jazz Hour. This latter program was introduced by Willis Conover who was as cool and laid back as the AFN DJs were brash and hip.
The VOA programmes were announced as being "in special English" in other words spoken slowly with not too many long or unusual words. This was because of it being, in effect, an American propaganda program aimed at those countries who hadn't taken Uncle Sam into their hearts the way we in England have/had.
Political argument aside, Conover did play some wonderful music. I recall hearing Basie's "Li'l Darlin'", Art Pepper's "Jazz Me Blues", Ellington's Newport version of "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue", lot's of Brubeck and many more for the first time. Wonderful music and wonderful memories.
Which brings me to the point. An online program coming out of Indiana entitled "Night Lights" and hosted by David Brent Johnson has that same cool, laid back style about it. I've just listened to an hour of Sonny Clark reinforcing my belief that he should have been ranked amongst the forefront of modern pianists.
Check ithe station out for yourself http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/
Lance.
PS: Further to David B. Johnson's comment here is the link referred to for archived Conover program.

1 comment :

David B.Johnson said...

Lance,
Many, many thanks for the mention of Night Lights on your Bebop Spoken Here blog. Born too late (and too stateside) to have ever heard Conover in his prime, I'm nevertheless a huge fan and devoted a whole Night Lights program to him a couple of years ago; it includes excerpts from some broadcasts, an interview with his biographer, and some music associated with him (thanks to the jazz critic Doug Ramsey, who's been a tireless champion of Willis, I was even able to track down a copy of the 45 that he recorded with guitarist Charlie Byrd!). The program is archived for online listening here:

http://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/conovers-comin-over-willis-conover-and-jazz-at-the-voice-of-america/

Much appreciation,

David

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