Looking back at NPR's "jazz in five recordings" series.
Night Lights' annual, highly-subjective survey of reissues and previously unreleased recordings.
Climb aboard the Night Lights jazz sleigh for a burst of holiday tidings from Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and others as we celebrate the season.
Continental bop: in the years following the end of World War II, European jazz lovers embraced the new music coming from America.
Major Glenn Miller went missing over the English Channel in December 1944. For decades afterwards, much of his wartime orchestra's music went missing as well.
An anthology that helped to elevate the artistic stature of jazz.
In 1962 John Coltrane collaborated with Duke Ellington, recorded an all-ballads LP, and established the group now known as the Classic Quartet.
In 1945 Lester Young emerged at the age of 36 from a traumatic time in the Army to renew his career as one of jazz’s most influential and loved saxophonists.
At the intersection of performance, narrative, and remembrance: some notable jazz stories told by the musicians themselves.
Waldron wrote several hundred pieces of music in the late 1950s and early 60s, recorded by the jazz scene's top musicians.
In 1953 a young entrepreneur started a magazine that would help bring about the sexual revolution in America—and he was also a passionate jazz fan who used that magazine to help promote the music he loved.
Coming soon: a ten-disc set of classic late-1940s bebop.
Drummer Roy Haynes' career reads like a roll-call of jazz history. Hear him with Lester Young, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and others.
One of the 20th century's most iconic performers crossed musical paths with artists such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Rooted in Christianity and African musical tradition, spirituals reflected life for slaves in a strange and terribly oppressive new world. They were often improvisations upon older hymns that became entirely new songs, and in some ways they foreshadow the birth of American jazz.
In the spring of 1986, the reigning kings of college-rock came to the university town of Bloomington, Indiana to record their fourth album.
Biographies, historical overviews, gender-studies perspectives: a list of books that delve into the story of women jazz artists.
At the dawn of the 1960s pianist Freddie Redd made several albums for the Blue Note label filled with taut, punchy hardbop compositions.
Jazz salutes in song to African-American actors, athletes, and artists.
In 1953 a Gary, Indiana couple started what would become one of the most successful black-owned record labels, highlighting gospel, blues, R and B, and jazz.
The musical times and tales of jazz-piano veteran Hod O'Brien, who passed away on November 20, 2016 at the age of 80.
Exploring the life and music of an unheralded pianist and composer from the hardbop era.
Kickin' the gong around with Minnie, McVouty, Freddie, and other assorted jazz characters.
A bitchin' brew of hardbop, fusion, vocal, and hot-swinging jazz.