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Three Jazz Pianists, A Generation After Apartheid

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Millennial musicians are reshaping the South African jazz scene in a culture of open exchange. Hear from pianists Nduduzo Makhathini, Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer.


All Things Considered

Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A member of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, Terry also enjoyed a long freelance career which included jazz education and a featured slot in NBC's Tonight Show band. He was 94.


Introducing The Reginald Cyntje Group: Who Are These Guys?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"I feel that in a band situation, you should have a really deep connection between the members," says the trombonist, whose Washington, D.C.-area bandmates connect on and off the bandstand.


An Upset Either Way: Steve Lehman And Wadada Leo Smith Triumph

Friday, December 19, 2014

Could anyone have predicted the first and second place finishers in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll? The poll master certainly didn't — and he voted for both of them.


All Things Considered

After Sandy Hook, A Saxophonist Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jimmy Greene's new album is dedicated to his daughter, one of the 20 children killed in the elementary school shooting. "She showed love," he says, "to everybody she came in contact with."


A Jazz Institution Moves Back Home To Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jazz's highest-profile competition recently crowned a new victor in a star-studded gala. But for the Thelonious Monk Institute, competition is only a small part of its desire to be back out West.


What Is Jazz Night In America?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

It's a new public radio program, a concert video webcast every Wednesday night, and a partnership bringing together WBGO, Jazz At Lincoln Center and NPR Music. Here's how to check it out.


Newport Jazz 2014 In Photos

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The 60th anniversary of the festival saw more than 45 bands perform overlooking the water in New England. Our photographer captured nearly every 2014 act, through abundant sunshine and driving rain.


The Future Of Intense Art: A Free-Jazz Event Looks Forward

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The artist-run Vision Festival, now in its 19th year, remains as staunchly committed to its mission as ever. But as its audience ages, it's sowing seeds of community outreach and childhood education.


Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Friday, June 13, 2014

The beloved musician had a slight frame, an almost feminine voice and a late revival after a promising start and years of neglect.


The First African-American Piano Manufacturer

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Like his father, Warren Shadd was a jazz musician and a piano technician. Then he decided to build a prototype instrument, went to a gospel music convention, and suddenly had more than 1,000 buyers.


How Japan Came To Love Jazz

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

With this year's International Jazz Day concert taking place in Osaka, an East Asian historian (a musician himself) describes how the music came across the Pacific — and how it took off after that.


13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced recipients of its 2014 performing arts grants. Noted composers such as Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake and Randy Weston received a first tier award.

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Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary

Friday, April 18, 2014

Metal superstar Robert Trujillo never spoke with the late Jaco Pastorius. But Trujillo is funding a film and a new compilation of demo recordings from his personal bass guitar hero.


Jazz Journalists Association Recognizes Its Musicians Of The Year

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Longtime friends and collaborators Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the numerous performing artists, ensembles and recordings awarded for achievement in the year 2013.


Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

Monday, April 07, 2014

The trombonist and three fellow musicians from Houston started one of jazz's most popular groups in the 1960s. As the times changed, so did their music — and their success magnified further.


A Guitarist Starts Anew, Except For This Old Song

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Matthew Stevens has mostly moved on from his shelved debut recording — but one tune remains in rotation. He explains how Tony Williams and a certain pop hit influenced his unconventional "Emergence."


Possessed By Joy: A North American Drummer In Cuba

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

In January, Harris Eisenstadt spent two weeks studying percussion in Matanzas and Havana. Here's what he gained from the experience.


After 18 Years Of Marriage And Two Children, A Couple Releases Their Debut Albums

Friday, February 14, 2014

Growing up in Denver, Rudy and Shamie Royston dreamed about moving to a jazz hub like New York. After a few welcome delays to teach and raise a family, they're beginning to pursue careers as performing musicians.


'When The Bus For The Record Label Comes By': Behind Hot Tone Music

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Facing no interest from record labels, jazz bassist Mimi Jones made two albums under her own imprint. Along the way, she signed two "amazing, bad-ass" musicians — who also happen to be black female instrumentalists.