Since the Harlem Renaissance, African-American musicians have portrayed black history as extended musical works. Jazz is full of such long-form compositions. Hear five examples from composers such as Oliver Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and Duke Ellington.
The emotive alto saxophonist has been summoned all around the United States, and now calls his native Baltimore home. He returns to New York for this performance celebrating the release of his debut album, Songs From This Season.
A strong pianist who’s put out 19 albums. An emotive saxophonist who’s celebrating his first. Philadelphia and Baltimore musicians tackle New York in a twin bill of impassioned straight-ahead jazz, presented as a live broadcast and webcast on Feb. 20.
Jazz fans will surely know some of the musicians who have called the City of Roses home: Charlie Rouse, Jim Pepper, Esperanza Spalding and more. But the annual Portland Jazz Festival, which opens Friday, turns the spotlight on a diverse community of talent in place right now.
From the Newport Jazz Festival, guitarist Bill Frisell shines in three completely different settings: with his band playing reworking John Lennon tunes, in a duo with violinist Jenny Scheinman, and with The Bad Plus playing music of Paul Motian.