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.
Sam Rivers is another of those musicians who’s profile is huge among musicians and almost non-existent among non-musicians. His contributions to jazz as a player, composer and host of jazz “loft” shows cannot be overstated. He was an early adopter of free jazz and combined very outside playing with compositions with structure in new ways [...]
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.
Gretchen Parlato is one of the most exciting vocalists to come along in years. She has a unique, breathy delivery that immediately brings the listener into her intimate world. She’s won almost every award you can think of since her debut album in 2005, and her latest album, The Lost And Found has been hailed [...]
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.
It’s a gorgeous sun-filled day here in Seattle, and I can feel summer coming! The weather put me in mind of one of the greatest jazz documentaries of all time, “Jazz On A Summer’s Day.” Bert Stern documented the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in a film that has incredible cinematography, amazing music, and no dialog [...]
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.
In the liner notes to the album “Blues’ Moods,” where you’ll find today’s song, trumpeter Blue Mitchell is referred to as the “middleweight champion of the trumpet.” This was actually stolen from a line someone used about the tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, but I think it suits both men well. The gist of the comment is [...]