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August 8, 2015


Billie Holiday Lady Sings The Blues

Late Lady: Billie Holiday On Verve In The 1950s

In 1952 Billie Holiday began her last great period on record with a series of small-group sessions that capture the twilight glow of a jazz star.

July 20, 2015


The onscreen opening to Duke Ellington's

Swing It Loud: Duke Ellington’s Early Black-Pride Music

Long before the rise of the black-pride movement in the 1960s, Ellington was writing music that celebrated African-American culture, personalities, and history.

July 6, 2015


Nancy Wilson 1960s

Jazz Her Way: Nancy Wilson In The 1960s

Wilson's records blended big-band and small-group elements with pop orchestration and doses of soul that could be both big-city hip and suburban cool.

June 29, 2015


The Bill Evans Album cover

The Great Columbia Jazz Purge: Coleman, Evans, Jarrett, And Mingus

In 1971 Columbia Records signed four of modern jazz's greatest artists. Within two years all four were gone. What happened?

June 26, 2015


Cover for Curtis Fuller's 1957 Blue Note LP The Opener

Rookie Of The Year: Curtis Fuller ’57

Six albums as a leader. Sideman appearances with John Coltrane, Bud Powell, and Jimmy Smith. The story of trombonist Curtis Fuller's first year on record.

June 15, 2015


Melba Liston trombone

Proving Herself: Melba Liston, Arranger And First Lady Of Trombone

Liston was a trailblazer for women in 20th century jazz, a master trombonist and arranger who forged partnerships with some of the music's most key figures.

June 10, 2015


Miles Davis Blackhawk

Miles Between: Miles Davis 1961-1963

As the 1960s began Miles Davis entered a period of transition, first trying to find a saxophonist to replace John Coltrane and then a new rhythm section.

May 15, 2015


Young Keith Jarrett

Birth: Early Keith Jarrett

Jarrett's early solos, one critic said, "contain in them the entire history of jazz piano."

October 13, 2014


album cover for Bud Powell's BOUNCING WITH BUD lp

The Scene Changes: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 2

Struggle, rebirth, and return: Bud Powell biographer Peter Pullman joins us again as we chronicle the final years of pianist Bud Powell.

October 10, 2014


Cover of Peter Pullman's Bud Powell biography WAIL

Time Flies: The Life And Music Of Bud Powell, Part 1

In the mid-1940s Bud Powell emerged as the leading pianist of bebop, but the personal troubles that would dog him throughout his career were emerging as well.

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