The very cool Jazz Icons DVD series has announced the release of seven more titles, including concerts by Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Dave Brubeck, and Charles Mingus.
Jam sessions, bebop, r and b, big bands, visits from Hollywood celebrities--as the center of African-American culture in L.A., Central Avenue had it all.
There was a strong relationship between jazz and civil rights in 20th-century America, and artists sometimes addressed the cause explicitly in their music.
J.R. Monterose is a saxophonist rarely heard even by jazz fans, and his most well-known recording is one that Monterose himself later all but disowned.
We'll hear music from The French Connection's soundtrack, composed and recorded by trumpeter Don Ellis.
In the autumn of 1962 three jazz giants—Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach—met for an album session that has become legendary.
A program of Charles Mingus' 1950s spoken-word collaborations with poet Langston Hughes, monologuist Jean Shepherd, and actor Melvin Stewart.
Another in a series of episodes about progressive/collective jazz recordings in the 1950s.
As the messiah of modern bop, Charlie Parker was one of the first jazz musicians to be recorded widely in live settings.