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This week on Night Lights it’s “Paris Noir: African-American Jazz Musicians in France.” In the years following World War II, a number of African-American jazz musicians took up residence in France, inspired by the relative lack of racism, the working opportunities, and the appreciation that French audiences showed for their art. Jazz greats such as Dexter Gordon, Bud Powell, and Don Byas spent long periods of time on the European continent and made many recordings there; we’ll hear from them as well as trumpeter Bill Coleman, tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson, avant-garde group the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and others.

Paris Noir: African-American Jazz Musicians in France will air this weekend at 11 p.m. EST Saturday on WFIU, at 9 p.m. CT on WNIN-Evansville, and at 10 p.m. EST Sunday evening on Michigan's Blue Lake Public Radio. It is already posted for online listening; at the same link, you'll find several videos of expatriate jazz artists such as Bud Powell performing.

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