It was 1961, and America had a new, young president...the Cold War turned up a notch…and jazz continued to evolve in ear-opening ways.
A variant on the old "Where's the melody" saw, circa 1959.
Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan were just a few of the musicians who showed up to help inaugurate the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Carla Bley is renowned today for her big-band writing, but it was small-group recordings of her work in the 1960s that introduced her to the jazz world.
*Marc Myers gathers remembrances from musicians who played with Giuffre (be sure to catch part 2 of Marc’s tribute tomorrow).
Jimmy Giuffre--a clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer-arranger has passed away at the age of 86.
Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz is a longtime master of melodic improvisation who's played a part in some of jazz's most momentous acts.
A journey deep into the heart of a state's musical heritage.
We'll hear selections from Charles' albums New Directions and Collaboration: West, and more.
The Wild One, Marlon Brando’s 1953 motorcycle-gang movie, was based on a real-life 1947 incident in which thousands of bikers, many of them blue-collar World War II vets from Los Angeles, descended upon a northern California town and frightened its inhabitants…