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April 28, 2017

 

cover of Duke Ellington's New Orleans Suite LP

Ellington Ending: Duke Ellington 1967-73

In the late 1960s an aging Duke Ellington faced a changing musical landscape and the loss of his longtime writing partner, Billy Strayhorn. How did he respond?

January 15, 2017

 

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking

Night Lights For MLK Day: Jazz And More

Some programs and articles posted in honor of the civil-rights icon.

December 28, 2016

 

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Take Five X 18: Writings On Jazz For NPR’s A Blog Supreme

Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.

October 12, 2016

 

Cover of The Jazz Scene LP

Norman Granz’s Jazz Scene

An anthology that helped to elevate the artistic stature of jazz.

September 19, 2016

 

Front of John Coltrane's eponymous 1962 Impulse LP

Trane ’62: The Classic Coltrane Quartet Begins

In 1962 John Coltrane collaborated with Duke Ellington, recorded an all-ballads LP, and established the group now known as the Classic Quartet.

March 31, 2016

 

Cover of Ella Fitzgerald's Like Someone In Love LP.

Ella ’57: Ella Fitzgerald Flies High

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.

March 25, 2016

 

The LP cover of Grant Green's Blue Note album FEELIN' THE SPIRIT.

Jazz, Spiritually Speaking

Slave spirituals were often improvisations upon older hymns that became entirely new songs, and in some ways they foreshadow the birth of American jazz.

February 7, 2016

 

Photo of baseball player Jackie Robinson

Portraits In Black: Jazz Tributes To African-American Heroes

Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.

January 6, 2016

 

A photo of 1940s jazz hipster figure Harry Gibson.

Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

Kickin' the gong around with Minnie, McVouty, Freddie, and other assorted jazzniks.

November 16, 2015

 

The LP cover of Duke Ellington's

1962: Cool In Crisis

A saxophone giant returned to the scene and a swing-era icon toured the Soviet Union. Bossa nova was on the rise, and so was the avant-garde.

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