Dr. Martin Luther King on the Importance of Jazz

By Robin Lloyd On the day we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let’s revisit his thoughts on Jazz and Blues from his address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival: “God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the

Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center

Starting in the 1920s, Hawkins made an afterthought of an instrument into one of the sounds we most identify with jazz. He also straddled the era of big band swing and later developments like bebop. Here are five songs that illustrate his genius.

Django’s Legacy: 21st-Century Gypsy Jazz

Decades after Django Reinhardt pioneered his distinct style of guitar-propelled swing, it’s being adapted by bands like these. Hear what Frank Vignola, John Jorgensen, the Hot Club of Detroit and others are doing with the idiom.

Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul

With a sweetly ferocious style, the alto saxophonist bridged the post-bop of the 1950s and ’60s to the jazz fusion of the ’70s and beyond. For his birthday anniversary, hear some of the recordings which made him jazz royalty.