French culture in the postwar years was strongly influenced by both jazz and the growing American genre of film noir.
Lalo Schifrin is best known for his “Mission: Impossible” theme and numerous other film scores, but the pianist and composer first emerged from mid-20th century Argentina as a jazz artist, working with Dizzy Gillespie and recording under his own name as well.
As the 1960s neared to a close, the jazz world continued to absorb the cultural upheavals of a volatile decade.
Jazzing Broadway songs, scoring movies, conducting classical music: Andre Previn could do it all before he’d even turned 30.
Pianist Lennie Tristano was a singular and charismatic modernist and mentor whose methods helped point the way for the rise of jazz education.
As television rocketed into the entertainment culture of mid-20th-century America, musicians and composers, many of them with jazz backgrounds, were called upon to write themes and cues for the wide variety of programs that populated the airwaves.
From Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" to John Coltrane's A LOVE SUPREME, from the impact of the Beatles to the avant-garde's October revolution, a notable year.
How singer and pianist Nat King Cole pushed the boundaries of 1950s segregated culture through its hottest medium.
The singing icon was also a master pianist whose rhythms and harmonic language made him an influential jazz modernist.
A wartime concert, a Carnegie Hall debut, an epic work celebrating black history: the story of Duke Ellington’s most ambitious work.