"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.
David Baker, one of the world's most renowned jazz educators, passed away March 26, 2016. In this archived show he discusses his compositional legacy.
From Brooklyn to Africa and back again, Randy Weston made his mark as a composer.
Billy Strayhorn was Duke Ellington’s composing/arranging partner for 27 years, writing “Take the A Train,” “Lush Life,” and many other eventual jazz standards.
Wayne Shorter, one of the great tenor saxophonists and composers of the modern jazz era, is an enigmatic and searching musician and personality.
Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, John Carter, and Wynton Marsalis all undertook a weighty artistic task--to represent the history of African-Americans in music.
John Coltrane revolutionized the sound of modern jazz and wrote a number of compositions that have become jazz standards.
Ornette Coleman's music shook up a generation of jazz artists, but some of them almost immediately began to play it.
Tenor saxophonist Benny Golson has written some of the most beloved and frequently-played standards in the modern jazz canon.
Many of Horace Silver's compositions, such as “Opus de Funk,” “The Preacher,” “Nica’s Dream,” and “Peace” have become jazz standards heard frequently today.