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Drummer and local legend Mel Brown endures as the humble godfather of Portland jazz

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Portland drummer Mel Brown shares some Motown stories from the 1970s, and of how he returned to his hometown in order to build its scene. Also: a 2019 set from the Montavilla Jazz Festival.


Portland's Montavilla Jazz Brings Music To Your Front Door

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Jazz Night visits Portland to ride along with the non-profit Montavilla Jazz and its door-to-door music festival, including a lovely set by trumpeter Charlie Porter.


Watch Highlights From Exit Zero Jazz Festival's 10-Year Anniversary

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Jazz Night brings you three concert highlights from the Southern New Jersey festival featuring Gabrielle Cavassa, Shemekia Copeland and Pedrito Martinez.


Shemekia Copeland, Modern Guardian Of The Blues

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Watch Shemekia Copeland play the 2021 Exit Zero Jazz Festival and, on our radio episode, get inside her eclectic sound and topical lyrics, connecting her to blues icons from Ruth Brown to Ma Rainey.


Bassist Endea Owens Cooks Up Jazz For The Community

Thursday, July 01, 2021

We hear the young bassist Endea Owens with Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and trace her Detroit roots to learn how she's giving back to her community with free meals and free concerts on the street.


A 'Jazz Night' Family Affair: Father And Son Saxophonists Mike And Julian Lee

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Jazz Night explores the heartwarming relationship between saxophonists Mike Lee and his son Julian, through music from both and the backstory that led to Julian's early love of jazz.


Phil Schaap's 50-Year Career: The Raconteur Raised On Jazz

Friday, April 23, 2021

We examine the life and legacy of 2021 NEA Jazz Master Phil Schaap with music from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a rare live album produced by Schaap himself at the West End Café in Manhattan.


Pianist Helen Sung: From Classical Outsider To The Jazz Inner Circle

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Sung reflects on how, as a young classical pianist, she stuck to her jazz dreams. More recently, she's translated her emotions on social justice into a thematic composition for her quartet.


Lost (And Found) In Yonkers: The Billy Lester Story

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Jazz Night shines a light on the reclusive 74-year-old pianist Billy Lester. Lester has spent his whole life in Yonkers, N.Y. We hear his story and listen back to a trio set recorded in 2019.


The Evolution Of Jon Batiste, Music Consultant Of Pixar's 'Soul'

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Jon Batiste was born for show business. Hear him play an intimate set in New York and on our radio show as we trace his story to his current gig as band leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


Elmo Sings! Watch Him Perform 'It Feels Good (When You Sing a Song)'

Friday, October 30, 2020

Watch a duet between Elmo and Hoots the Owl on stage with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Be careful not to sprain yourself smiling.


Swinging The Clouds Away: Jazz Takes Over Sesame Street

Friday, October 23, 2020

On this show, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis invite the Sesame Street gang onstage. Plus, trombonist Joe Fielder's Open Sesame share rare songs from the Sesame songbook.


Bird Lives! A Charlie Parker Centennial, With Strings Attached

Friday, August 28, 2020

Charlie Parker with Strings was the most commercially successful project of his all-too-brief career. We'll examine the backstory and hear rare selections from the collaboration.


The Modern All-Stars: A Newport Jazz Festival Special

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Hear a power hour of all-stars with some of the best sets to come out of the modern era of the Newport Jazz Festival, featuring Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Cécile McLorin Salvant and more.


Inspired By Injustice, Wynton Marsalis Reflects On His Music

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Host Christian McBride and trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis reflect on Marsalis' studio recordings that address injustices and speak about the role music plays in speaking truth to power.


The Evolution Of Jon Batiste

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Jon Batiste was born for show business. Hear him play an intimate set in New York and on our radio show as we trace his story to his current gig as band leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


Jazz And Art Take Center Stage To Form 'Portraits Of America'

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Let's go to the museum with our ears. Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis explain their work inspired by the collection at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.


Jazz Vocalist René Marie Is Determined To Craft Songs With Moral Conscience

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Jazz Night in America features music from vocalist and songwriter René Marie. We'll hear the stories behind her songs and how she helps people feel more vulnerable and less afraid.


Bassist Linda May Han Oh Is A Musician Rooted In Curiosity

Friday, March 13, 2020

From her roots in Australia to her growth in New York City, we hear the origin story of bassist and composer Linda May Han Oh and feature music from her latest project.


A Mambo Expedition In The Valley Of The Sun

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Jazz Night stops by the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Hear a recap of a tour — the museum hosts more than 370 exhibits — and a performance by mambo big band Orquesta Akokán.