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June 5, 2018

 

Put On Earth To Play Drums: The Buddy Rich Story

Rich on record: the legendary drummer's career as sideman, bandleader, and even singer, featuring his own commentary.

March 23, 2018

 

One For Marian: Marian McPartland

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.

January 23, 2018

 

New Vibes: Gary Burton In The 1960s

A look at the productive and creatively diverse first decade of an NEA Jazz Master's career.

January 5, 2018

 

Best Historical Jazz Releases 2017

Jazz blasts from the past, newly-discovered, rarely-heard, and reissued.

November 27, 2017

 

Music In All Things: W. Eugene Smith And The Jazz Loft

How a photographer captured a creative corner of mid-20th-century American culture in images and in sound.

October 20, 2017

 

Diggin’ Diz: A Musical Portrait Of Dizzy Gillespie In The 1940s

Celebrating the early years of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in honor of his centennial.

August 23, 2017

 

Caravan: Martial Solal, The Early Years

"To French listeners and writers of the 1950s and 60s… Solal’s power was spectacular." Surveying the arrival of a modern jazz piano giant.

August 11, 2017

 

The Greatest Bass Player In The World: Jaco Pastorius

In the history of jazz, there are only a few innovators who’ve actually changed the sound of their instrument. Jaco Pastorius was one of them.

July 30, 2017

 

Electrifying: Charlie Christian

Christian laid the foundation for the guitar as a modern-jazz instrument, creating single-note lines and solos that swung with imagination and vitality.

July 21, 2017

 

Our Delight: The Music Of Tadd Dameron

Exploring the life and compositions of "the architect of bop."

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