Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.
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.
Jarrett's early solos, one critic said, "contain in them the entire history of jazz piano."
The career of a talented and perennially-unsung trumpeter.
Birdland was known as “the jazz corner of the world,” and from 1949 to 1965 it played host to some of the greatest names on the modern jazz scene.
Trumpeter Lee Morgan and saxophonist Wayne Shorter were two of the leading lights of the 1960s hardbop era.
From 1973 to 2004 the Dutch radio show “Tros Sesjun” broadcast live jazz every week, featuring artists such as Bill Evans in their late-period prime.
Wayne Shorter, one of the great tenor saxophonists and composers of the modern jazz era, is an enigmatic and searching musician and personality.
In the 1950s Cafe Bohemia was one of the most happening jazz clubs in New York—a club that caught the vibe of the city's thriving art and intellectual scene.
Wynton Marsalis is both respected and scorned as jazz's most prominent spokesperson. Yet in the early '80s, he was seen simply as a brilliant young trumpeter.