Art Blakey led the much-noted Jazz Messengers for four decades, and the lesser-known 1957 edition gave him one of his most diverse years on record.
After 25-year-old trumpet great Clifford Brown died unexpectedly in a 1956 car accident, some critics and fans looked to Donald Byrd as a possible successor.
The Connection was a groundbreaking 1959 off-Broadway play that cast jazz musicians as heroin addicts waiting for a score.
Jazz writer David Rosenthal called Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan "a frontline match made in hardbop heaven."
Exploring the work of an unheralded jazz composer.
A special tribute to the alto saxophonist, who passed away on March 31, 2006.
Music by Lou Donaldson, Gil Scott-Heron, Freddie Roach, Jackie McLean, and others.
We'll hear elegies for Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Sonny Clark, and more.
We'll hear a melding of 1950s bop sensibility with the new ideas and approaches so prevalent in the jazz world of the early 1960s.
Night Lights' pilot program that aired on the eve of 2004's July 4th holiday.