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December 7, 2016

 

Bebop Comes To Europe

Continental bop: in the years following the end of World War II, European jazz lovers embraced the new music coming from America.

November 10, 2016

 

Glenn Miller Goes To War With The Army Air Force Band

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.

November 8, 2016

 

Jazz Women Of The 1980s

A decade that saw female artists making further inroads into the male-dominated world of jazz.

October 12, 2016

 

Norman Granz’s Jazz Scene

An anthology that helped to elevate the artistic stature of jazz.

September 19, 2016

 

Trane ’62: The Classic Coltrane Quartet Begins

In 1962 John Coltrane collaborated with Duke Ellington, recorded an all-ballads LP, and established the group now known as the Classic Quartet.

August 22, 2016

 

Postwar Prez: Lester Young 1945-1950

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.

August 16, 2016

 

Soul Eyes: The Early Mal Waldron Songbook

Waldron wrote several hundred pieces of music in the late 1950s and early 60s, recorded by the jazz scene's top musicians.

August 12, 2016

 

Swingers: Hugh Hefner, Playboy Magazine, And Jazz

In 1953 a young entrepreneur and jazz fan started a magazine that helped bring about the sexual revolution in America—and also promoted the music he loved.

July 13, 2016

 

Snap, Crackle And Swing: Young Roy Haynes

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.

July 3, 2016

 

Jazz His Way: Frank Sinatra

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.

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