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'This is not entertainment': John Zorn, all over Big Ears

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Composer and alto saxophonist John Zorn brings eight eclectic bands to the Big Ears Festival stage, ranging from solo classical piano to all-out electrified jams.


BADBADNOTGOOD steps into the psychedelic void

Thursday, November 17, 2022

More than a decade after BADBADNOTGOOD's viral debut upsetting the "jazz police" and carving their own niche playing rap covers, they take the stage in Brooklyn with a wildly psychedelic set.


Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma reflects on his journey down a 'Dirt Road' in N. Carolina

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Hear music and field recordings from bassist, composer, and fashion icon Jamaaladeen Tacuma's residency in North Carolina, where he explores his familial and musical roots.


Youngbloods: Pianist Sean Mason

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Jazz Night in America talks to pianist and composer Sean Mason about his musical journey from North Carolina to New York, and how the South never really left his music.


Youngbloods: Saxophonist Sarah Hanahan

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Meet Sarah Hanahan, a rising star on alto saxophone


Youngbloods: Pianist Isaiah J. Thompson

Thursday, September 08, 2022

Jazz Night in America spotlights a young musician and composer who is wise beyond his years. Hear Isaiah J. Thompson's story and his unquestionable gift at the keys.


Youngbloods: Vocalist Samara Joy

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Jazz Night In America puts the spotlight on Samara Joy, a young vocalist and songwriter who is taking cues from the past to create music that is both classic and contemporary.


Jazz renegade Theo Croker returns to his Jacksonville roots

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Jazz Night hangs with trumpeter Theo Croker in Jacksonville, Fla., where he spent his teenage years, to revisit old mentors and hear a set by his band from the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.


Honoring the iconic blues and ironic humor of Mose Allison

Friday, June 03, 2022

The tribute project Anything Mose! breathes new life into the music of the late Mose Allison. We peer inside his blend of blues and jazz with ironic lyrics, and get stories from Allison's widow.


The nouveau swing of Donald Harrison Jr., Big Chief and NEA Jazz Master

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Hear stories from New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr.'s upbringing, words from his mentee, drummer Joe Dyson, and a performance on his home turf recorded at Snug Harbor.


Stanley Clarke – The Virtuoso Bass Doubler is now an NEA Jazz Master

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Jazz Night profiles bassist, composer, producer, arranger and 2022 NEA Jazz Master Stanley Clarke. Hear stories from his collaborators and travel through sonic landmarks in Clarke's storied career.


Jabali, Drummer Billy Hart – Master Teacher, Forever Student, and NEA Jazz Master

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Jazz Night profiles drummer, composer, educator, & 2022 NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart. Hear stories from his upbringing, words from his mentees, & a performance from Hart's quartet live at Dizzy's Club.


Cassandra Wilson: Subtle singer, subversive songwriter and 2022 NEA Jazz Master

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Jazz Night profiles singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist and 2022 NEA Jazz Master Cassandra Wilson. Hear tracks from her expansive catalog and listen to stories about her inspiring musical path.


The gospel according to Damien Sneed

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Hear music from jazz and gospel pianist/vocalist Damien Sneed and how he got his start in Augusta, GA and went onto work with Wynton Marsalis and give piano lessons to Aretha Franklin.


Bobby McFerrin reflects on going from the hotel bar to prescribing 'medicine music'

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Host Christian McBride talks with vocalist and 2020 NEA Jazz Master Bobby McFerrin. We'll hear tracks from his vast catalog, stories from his illustrious career, and an impromptu jam with Christian.


In memoriam: Jazz Night In America remembers the icons we lost in 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

We remember some of the luminaries we lost this year: Chick Corea; Milford Graves; Dr. Lonnie Smith; Pat Martino; Dottie Dodgion; Howard Johnson; Slide Hampton; Curtis Fuller; and Ralph Peterson Jr.


West Side Story: How two jazz artists continue to reinvent the Bernstein classic

Friday, December 10, 2021

Leonard Bernstein composed West Side Story more than 70 years ago — today, we examine that vibrant work through the lens of two jazz artists, drummer Bobby Sanabria and saxophonist Ted Nash.


Strata-East at 50: How a revolutionary record label put control in artists' hands

Friday, December 03, 2021

To celebrate their 50-year anniversary, we trace the history and legacy of the independent jazz record label Strata-East founded by trumpeter Charles Tolliver and the late pianist Stanley Cowell.


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.