In the 1960s a beacon of West Coast jazz became a destination for hardbop and soul-jazz acts.
Slave spirituals were often improvisations upon older hymns that became entirely new songs, and in some ways they foreshadow the birth of American jazz.
More jazz with a Western theme, this time from Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Ornette Coleman, and others.
Sonny Clark was a young pianist with an already-impressive jazz legacy when he began a year-long string of classic hardbop recordings that ended with his death.
Duke Pearson was a pianist, composer, and arranger who helped craft the sound of many of the Blue Note label's classic mid-1960s releases.
Green's turn-of-the-decade recordings filtered the new sounds of the late 1960s through jazz guitar.
We'll hear material from the recently re-issued mass Music for Peace and the 1964 album Black Christ of the Andes.