A newly-discovered album by John Coltrane, a treasure trove of late-1930s radio broadcasts, a trumpeter’s ground-breaking 1960s big band, and one of early jazz’s hottest groups are just some of the recordings you’ll hear as the year draws to a close on Night Lights.
Long before it was a center of the psychedelic counterculture and its attendant rock groups, San Francisco was a West Coast haven for the development of jazz.
A conversation with the producer, director and writer of a new documentary about an Indiana record label that helped shape the sound of modern American music.
One of the most successful producers in the history of commercial music began as a jazz artist.
We’ll hear some of the artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Maria Schneider, Renee Rosnes, and Diana Krall who rose to prominence during the decade, as well as a trio of veterans who enjoyed a late-career renaissance, including Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, and Betty Carter.
Mobley’s so-called “round sound” and Morgan’s kinetic attack made for a dynamic combination on the dozen-and-a-half studio and live sessions where they appear together.
Rich on record: the legendary drummer's career as sideman, bandleader, and even singer, featuring his own commentary.
Marian McPartland was a jazz pianist, writer, educator, and radio host whose improvisatory talents and musical empathy made her one of the most engaging and enlightening jazz artists of her time.
Of 7-11s and cassette tapes: one of the world's most renowned improvisational-jazz artists on dedication, the value of art, and a life-changing encounter.
A look at the productive and creatively diverse first decade of an NEA Jazz Master's career.