The jazz pianist recovered from a coma in 2008 and was back on stage the next year. He hasn’t slowed down since, and this month brings his latest album, a trio recording called Floating.
It’s hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker and Carlos Santana. But such was the resumé of Armando Peraza after almost 70 years of making music.
Hear the prodigiously gifted jazz guitarist perform songs with his bassist and percussionist, recorded live on stage in Morgantown, W.Va.
With this year’s International Jazz Day concert taking place in Osaka, an East Asian historian (a musician himself) describes how the music came across the Pacific — and how it took off after that.
Nowhere is the legacy of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington — among the greatest composer/bandleaders in history — more profound than at the Washington, D.C., arts high school which bears his name.
O’Farrill’s new album transforms big-band Latin jazz into something familiar, but with a new look. Its music moves forward in a subtle and graceful way that’s likely to have a lasting impact.
Performing Eartha Kitt’s music, the jazz singer says, isn’t just hero worship: It’s a window into how power, seduction and vulnerability intertwine.
Once upon a time, Lahore was home to a booming film industry and studio musicians to match. Now, the sounds of Lollywood have made a comeback, thanks to a jazz fan — who’s also a philanthropist.
D’Rivera and bassist David Fink joined host Marian McPartland in 1995 for “Birk’s Works,” in honor of composer Dizzy Gillespie. They also perform “A Night in Englewood.”
This weekend’s Art of Cool Festival in Durham, N.C., aims to expand the audience for improvised music. So it’s booked performers from modern R&B, hip-hop and beyond with deep jazz influences.
Take a tour of the MacArthur genius’s home in Harlem, including a look at his Steinway, favorite books and percussion instruments from India.
Even today’s musicians know jazz has a rapidly-changing, living, breathing history. In a new video, young gun Kris Bowers takes a YouTube tour from ragtime and stride through the present day.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced recipients of its 2014 performing arts grants. Noted composers such as Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake and Randy Weston received a first tier award.
One of the world’s best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It’s all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years.
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are masters of irony and erudition. The pair perform their Steely Dan hit “Josie” and standards “Mood Indigo” and “Hesitation Blues.”
Metal superstar Robert Trujillo never spoke with the late Jaco Pastorius. But Trujillo is funding a film and a new compilation of demo recordings from his personal bass guitar hero.
Longtime friends and collaborators Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the numerous performing artists, ensembles and recordings awarded for achievement in the year 2013.
Cape Cod’s “First Lady of Jazz” performs a medley of tunes by Fats Waller, her stride-piano mentor, in this session from 1983.
The singer performs two of Billie Holiday’s signature songs, “Loverman” and “God Bless the Child,” and discusses the haunting experience of portraying Holiday onstage.
Structured and free, sonic and rhythmic, poems and jazz music seem like natural partners. For National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, here are some notable collisions between the two.
The trombonist and three fellow musicians from Houston started one of jazz’s most popular groups in the 1960s. As the times changed, so did their music — and their success magnified further.
In a 2002 session, Miller’s unique harmonic and rhythmic style comes through in his composition, “Carousel.” He also joins host Marian McPartland for Duke Ellington’s “What Am I Here For?”
On this episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland accompanies Reeves in “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise” and “Million Dollar Secret.”
The great jazz photographer Chuck Stewart recently found six rolls of 50-year-old film in his archive. They contained previously unpublished shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.
Whether executing the new visions of his peers or fielding calls from veterans, few young jazz guitarists are as highly tipped. Matthew Stevens leads a band in songs from his forthcoming debut album.
On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative face to face at the New York jazz club Birdland. But when he sat at the keys, it was a whole other story.
Marian McPartland joins the pianist and horn player in “Yesterdays” and “Nadine’s Blues” in 1988.
With his heady, bop-rooted explorations of improvised music, pianist and composer Hill stretched the boundaries of jazz. He demonstrated his mastery of melody, rhythm and technique in a 2005 session.
Rene Marie, Allan Harris and Carla Cook are in sweet harmony with a message in this concert from the KC Jazz Club in Washington, D.C.
A jazz trio plays the score to Igor Stravinsky’s gloriously noisy, 101-year-old fever dream of a ballet as literally as possible — and still manages to sound like itself.
One of the most talked-about names in jazz, the 32-year-old trumpeter is more auteur than star. In an extended interview, he explains why it’s crucial to let his collaborators think for themselves.
Brackeen, the only female alumnus of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, plays originals, standards and a few Ornette Coleman-inspired tunes with host Marian McPartland.
Sutton and host Michael Feinstein compare back-to-back versions of jazz standards “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Without a Song” in a session.
Host Marian McPartland talks to her longtime friend and idol on the first episode, recorded in 1978 with Williams and bassist Ronnie Boykins.
“The beauty was in the rawness,” says the violinist, who based her latest album around field recordings from the American South.
In January, the North American jazz drummer Harris Eisenstadt spent two weeks studying percussion in Matanzas and Havana. Here’s what he gained from the experience.
The young trumpeter may be the most buzzed-about, sought-after player of his generation. Does the broad vision of his new album live up to the outsized expectations?
The Baltimore native plays mean piano and drums, but he’s made his biggest mark as a bandleader with his mallets. The jazz vibraphonist visits his alma mater to lead his quintet in concert.
The Grammy Award-winning singer joins host Michael Feinstein to talk about his own musical evolution. McFerrin demonstrates his a cappella style and performs songs from Porgy and Bess.
Coltrane performs her own “Transfiguration” and joins host Marian McPartland in “Giant Steps.”
Eric Dolphy’s creativity was exploding early in 1964, and he was finding more players who could keep up. Out to Lunch is free and focused, dissonant and catchy, wide open and swinging all at once.
Thanks to prohibition and trains, the Canadian city became known as a nightlife capital. A web documentary traces how Oscar Peterson and others emerged from the black neighborhood of Little Burgundy.
Piano Jazz remembers the musician, composer, arranger and band leader with this 1998 session, recorded before an audience at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.
Danilo Pérez got his start playing piano with Dizzy Gillespie. The celebrated composer’s latest project is an ambitious one: 500 years of trade, exploration and colonization represented in music.
Growing up in Denver, Rudy and Shamie Royston dreamed about moving to a jazz hub like New York. After a few welcome delays to teach and raise a family, they’re beginning to pursue careers as performing musicians.
Though she’s only 16, jazz phenom Grace Kelly has already played with a host of jazz legends, including Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis. As if her early sax stardom weren’t enough, Kelly has recently begun singing, as well. She displays her vocal acumen in “East of the Sun” before showing off her sax skills in “‘Round Midnight.”
It may seem as if jazz recordings have slowed to a flurry, but it’s more like a blizzard, with dozens already coming down in the new year. Hear highlights from a few albums worth shoveling out, by Archie Shepp, Edward Simon, James Brandon Lewis and more.
There is something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.
Facing no interest from record labels, jazz bassist Mimi Jones made two albums under her own imprint. Along the way, she signed two “amazing, bad-ass” musicians — who also happen to be black female instrumentalists.
On Feb. 12, 1964 a high-stakes gig and some backstage tension led to a singular performance caught on tape.
In 1980, the pianist plays his tune “N.P.S.” and duets with host Marian McPartland in “Lover Man.”
When the prolific composer died in 1974, he left one of his most ambitious projects unfinished. Forty years later, admirers are still trying to fill in the blanks.
In a program from 1987, Hancock solos on “Dolphin Dance” and then improvises with Marian McPartland.
On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.
Sixty years ago, a jazz pianist found himself in much the same bittersweet position as a rapper did on Sunday night. Surely proud of their hard work, they also sensed that their privilege as white musicians had something to do with their new success.
Many Shanghai jazz standards of the 1930s and ’40s were banned in China after the Chinese Communist Party took over. But they reemerged decades later through cover versions. Now, the songs are back again in a new cover album by a Chinese-American electronic artist and a jazz singer from Shanghai.
The innovative guitarist plays “Blue Monk” with host Marian McPartland in a session from 2003.
The 1930s-style “viper jazz” band swings with rock ‘n’ roll fury in a live studio session.
When he was studying jazz in the ’50s and becoming a revered guitarist, Kenny Burrell vowed to teach the subject one day. Now, decades after his first class, he’s never committed more to music education.