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November 23, 2010


Mary Lou

A Brief History of Mary Lou Williams

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.

May 18, 2010


Hank Jones

The Quiet One: An Appreciation Of Hank Jones, 1918-2010

A jazz pianist of swinging grace who gave us 70 years of subtle musical pleasure.

April 5, 2010


Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist's Life, by Mark Miller

Herbie Nichols’ Third World

Pianist, composer and intellectual Herbie Nichols was obscure in his lifetime, rediscovered and celebrated years later. Biographer Mark Miller joins us.

February 22, 2010


Monk Columbia

Thelonious Monk: From Myth To Man (Part 2)

In the late 1950s Thelonious Monk’s star finally began to rise. But even as the pianist hit artistic and commercial peaks, other problems began to set in.

February 21, 2010


Leapin' and Lopin'

Clark’s Last Leap: Sonny Clark, 1961-62

Sonny Clark was a young pianist with an already-impressive jazz legacy when he began a year-long string of classic hardbop recordings that ended with his death.

February 15, 2010


Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk: From Man To Myth (Part 1)

Thelonious Monk was 'the high priest of bebop,' a family man, a bohemian icon, and one of the most significant composers of modern jazz.

December 7, 2009


Definitive Vince Guaraldi

It’s Jazz, Charlie Brown: The Vince Guaraldi Story

His music is loved by millions of people around the world—forever associated with the TV version of a popular comic strip. Who was the man behind that music?

October 12, 2009



Art Tatum: The Group Masterpieces

Pianist Art Tatum's speed and harmonic imagination often left other musicians astonished, inspired, or in despair. Here are some who dared to keep up with him.

August 10, 2009


Bill Evans New Jazz Conceptions

Very Early: Bill Evans, 1956-1958

Bill Evans is one of the most influential pianists in jazz history, renowned for his lyrically seductive style. His early recordings reveal a different sound.

April 11, 2009


Bill Evans After Vanguard

After The Vanguard: The Return Of Bill Evans

In the summer of 1961 Bill Evans hit a new creative peak with his trio. Then the trio's gifted bassist, Scott LaFaro, died in a car wreck. What happened next?

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