The swing era may have been the age of the big bands, but bandleaders often found it worth their while to break small groups out of their larger orchestras.
America in the 1920s: Wall Street was on the rise, cops were on the take, jazz was in the air, and alcohol had been banished—but it certainly hadn’t vanished.
The great bebop pianist on the radio and in concert with Cootie Williams, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and as the leader of his own trio.
Chico Hamilton had gained fame with a 1950s quintet often defined as “chamber jazz,” but at the dawn of the 1960s he began to head in a new artistic direction.
By 1966 the Monterey Jazz Festival was an established institution—but the decade’s winds of change were already starting to blow from the festival’s stage.
Night Lights offers up a free-spirited, pop-culture-alluding Fourth of July jazz tribute.
In the 1960s Chick Corea made a name for himself by playing with artists such as Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann, and Stan Getz, and recording a stunning trio date.
From Brooklyn to Africa and back again, Randy Weston has made his mark as a composer.
A convergence of grief, memory and music for Memorial Day.
Join Loren Schoenberg for some music from one of the greatest finds in the history of jazz—a treasure trove of broadcasts from the golden age of swing.