What is a mistake? By going through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris gets to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don’t react to them appropriately.
The Monterey Jazz Festival is celebrating 55 years of swinging with a coastal California vibe. An all-star sextet is crossing the country, advancing the festival’s mission: to create and support jazz education and performance programs. JazzSet has highlights from the Kennedy Center.
The pianist and composer/arranger was a prime mover in the international musical exchange that was Havana in the middle of the 20th Century. Late in his career, he enjoyed a new wave of fame as his accomplishments came to light anew. The father of Chucho Valdés, he was 94.
The jazz trumpeter is 66 now, but he’s not slowing down any: His current band has released five excellent albums since 2007 alone. His new piano-less project is further testament to his prolific composing. Harrell presents new music live at the venerable New York jazz institution.
From Little Italy in the Bronx to the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village to the gardens in Fort Tryon Park, the rhythm of the city drives a suite by Chris Lightcap and his band Bigmouth. Here, they perform at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Apart from his globetrotting with the Vijay Iyer Trio and others, bassist Stephan Crump is also a composer, both for film and his own bands. His Rosetta Trio, with two guitars, strives for quieter sophistication. He presents his late-afternoon, back-porch ditties for interlocking strings.
Bassists Todd Sickafoose and Stephan Crump play with leading jazz artists and singer-songwriters. As bandleaders, they’ve each written richly-textured instrumental music for bands with dueling guitars. Those bands play back to back in this live broadcast.
The Memphis-bred, New-York-honed and coastal California resident developed a reputation as an earthy, sincere voice — one one the world’s most popular jazz musicians. Hear five tunes spanning the saxophonist’s career, from ’60s mysticism to modern spirituals.