In the late 1960s an aging Duke Ellington faced a changing musical landscape and the loss of his longtime writing partner, Billy Strayhorn. How did he respond?
Thomas Merton was one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century--and he was also a passionate jazz fan.
Ashby turned the harp into a swinging and dynamic instrument for jazz.
Pannonica de Koenigswarter, aka Nica or “The Jazz Baroness,” was a friend to Thelonious Monk and other jazz artists and inspired a slew of musical tributes.
Jazz elegies, Glenn Miller's Army Air Force orchestra, Duke Ellington's Treasury broadcasts, and more.
Some programs and articles posted in honor of the civil-rights icon.
Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.
At the intersection of performance, narrative, and remembrance: some notable jazz stories told by the musicians themselves.
Coming soon: a ten-disc set of classic late-1940s bebop.
In the spring of 1986, the reigning kings of college-rock came to a small Indiana university town to record their new album. Why they mattered, 30 years later.