In 1945 Lester Young emerged at the age of 36 from a traumatic time in the Army to renew his career as one of jazz’s most influential and loved saxophonists.
Waldron wrote several hundred pieces of music in the late 1950s and early 60s, recorded by the jazz scene's top musicians.
In 1953 a young entrepreneur and jazz fan started a magazine that helped bring about the sexual revolution in America—and also promoted the music he loved.
Drummer Roy Haynes' career reads like a roll-call of jazz history. Hear him with Lester Young, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and others.
One of the 20th century's most iconic performers crossed musical paths with artists such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald.
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 1953 a Gary, Indiana couple started what would become one of the most successful black-owned record labels, highlighting gospel, blues, R and B, and jazz.