On opening night at San Francisco’s newly constructed, free-standing building designed for and dedicated to jazz, fans filled the stunning Robert N. Miner Auditorium at the SFJAZZ Center for a maiden voyage and festive concert.
The trumpeter Steven Bernstein picks up the slide trumpet with the quartet Sexmob and conjures a repertoire that ranges from James Bond themes to the Macarena. They’re preceded by drummer Allison Miller, whose jaunty tunes set the stage. Watch a live concert from New York.
Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn influence from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — and his stunning quartet has finally been invited to play a home date at the Vanguard.
Pianist and composer John Beasley isn’t exactly a household name. But he’s now been tapped twice to direct many of them during the star-studded International Jazz Day concert. So is it difficult to play “jazz police” in an ancient church in Istanbul?
Brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable, the New York quintet’s music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest. From the moment the band squeaks its first squawk at the NPR Music offices, it’s clear that it’s about to conjure up an adventure.
The ever-evolving Pat Metheny constantly experiments with new technology, honing his improvisational skills and refining his unique style. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Pat Metheny performs with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanche.
Bremen may be best known for its love of soccer and Beck’s beer. But in April, more than 20,000 jazz fans and industry professionals descend upon the German port city for a festival designed specifically to showcase new acts from across Europe.
In 1982, Jaki Byard and Tommy Flanagan played a duet date in San Francisco. Both pianists were of equal stature, among the best-respected in jazz history. But a newly released recording of that event illustrates why their differences are plenty interesting, too.