The pianist and composer valued sophisticated harmonies, aching melodies and a tremendous emotional range. Here, we feature her original compositions and musical collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allison, Thad Jones, Elvis Costello and more.
As the host of a weekly public radio program pairing conversation and duet performances, McPartland brought many jazz greats to an audience of millions. For more than 40 years, she offered an intimate perspective on the elusive topic of improvisation.
Later this year, Cuban jazz legend Arturo Sandoval will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his start as a trumpet player in Cuba, his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie, and how American citizenship influenced his music.
A new double set of unreleased S.O.S. tunes, Looking for the Next One on the Cuneiform label, was recorded in concert and the studio in the mid-1970s. John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore could sound timeless, of its time and ahead of its time.
The bluesy, commanding improviser rose to eminence in the ’50s and ’60s with bands like Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, where he played a starring role and established himself as a deft small-group composer. Walton continued to perform and record his entire life.
The drummer is 84 — he’s been around the jazz scene for a while. But he’s been more than around: He was the drummer on Miles Davis’ late-’50s and early-’60s masterpieces. These days, he’s still touring the world, leading bands like this international quartet. Watch a live performance.