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Houston’s Jazz Envoys Describe A Vibrant Scene Deluged, And Worry For Its Future

An outsized number of jazz heavyweights call Houston and its surrounding area home — here, they speak of ...


Wadada Leo Smith’s Defiant And Fearless Elegy For Emmett Till (In 360˚ VR)

Watch Wadada Leo Smith play a tribute to Emmett Till while floating down the same river where, over ...


Vijay Iyer On Jazz’s ‘History Of Defiance,’ His Influences And Playing In A Sextet

The acclaimed jazz pianist and Harvard music professor talks with NPR’s Scott Simon about the Vijay Iyer Sextet’s ...


Patrice Rushen On Piano Jazz

Hear the songwriter and master keyboardist perform with host Marian McPartland on this 1987 episode.