This week on his Night Lights on Indiana Public Media, David Brent Johnson is re-airing “After Brubeck: Paul Desmond 1968-1977.” The one-hour broadcast covers what the alto saxophonist was up to in the years following the dissolution of the Dave Brubeck Quartet until his death in the spring of 1977. I was pleased that David asked me to appear with him to talk a bit about Paul and his music.
The program includes tracks from a variety of Desmond albums, among them his live quartet dates with guitarist Ed Bickert, his concert with the Modern Jazz Quartet and his appearance with the all-star band at Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday party at the White House. To hear the program, go here and click on “Listen Now” at the top of the page. The site also features a David Brent Johnson essay about Desmond.