Ellington kept his orchestra together in a changing economic landscape, continuing to create memorable music and expanding his compositional horizons.
In 1957 singer Ella Fitzgerald recorded close to one hundred tracks as her career continued to soar in the wake of signing with Norman Granz’s Verve label.
Slave spirituals were often improvisations upon older hymns that became entirely new songs, and in some ways they foreshadow the birth of American jazz.
At the dawn of the 1960s pianist Freddie Redd made several albums for the Blue Note label filled with taut, punchy hardbop compositions.
Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.
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.
Biographies, historical overviews, gender-studies perspectives: a list of books (and Night Lights shows) that delve into the story of women jazz artists.
A bitchin' brew of hardbop, fusion, vocal, and hot-swinging jazz.
The set will chronicle Johnson's career on record from the early years of the Harlem Renaissance to the World War II era.
The most comprehensive portrait of Lester Young in his prime that's ever been assembled.
A prolific and diverse year for Art Blakey; a turnaround for John Coltrane; continuing momentum for Sonny Rollins; and an astonishing debut for Curtis Fuller.