"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.
At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.
In the 1940s Woody Herman led three big bands that grew progressively in musicianship and excitement.
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.
A hard-swinging big band paired with a jazz legend in the making.
Programs for the holiday of personal and public remembrance.
Williams' career ranged from swing and bebop to expatriate and sacred jazz, a stint as a jazz educator, and a 1977 encounter with avant-garde icon Cecil Taylor.
From 1949 to 1954 Artie Shaw made a number of recordings that form one of the most dynamic chapters of his career--and the concluding one as well.
The music and story of a bandleader from Terre Haute, Indiana who helped shape the sound of modern jazz.
In the late 1940s the "King of Swing" briefly embraced the new sounds of bebop.