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.
In 1971 Columbia Records signed four of modern jazz's greatest artists. Within two years all four were gone. What happened?
A tribute to the late bassist, whose career encompassed the avant-garde, spirituals, noir movie themes, pastoral ballads, and straightahead jazz.
Night Lights offers up a free-spirited, pop-culture-alluding Fourth of July jazz tribute.
More jazz with a Western theme, this time from Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Ornette Coleman, and others.
Scott LaFaro lived only 25 years. His influence as a revolutionary jazz bassist has lasted 50 years and counting.
Night Lights pays tribute to the Father's Day holiday with music from Von and Chico Freeman, Duke and Mercer Ellington, Jackie and Rene McLean, and more.
Keep it cool: jazz historian Ted Gioia joins us for the music and meaning of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Bix Beiderbecke, Miles Davis and more.
1960 was the first year of one of the most tumultuous decades in American history. The change that was beginning to come about was reflected in jazz as well.
Ornette Coleman's music shook up a generation of jazz artists, but some of them almost immediately began to play it.