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.
Through a career that’s encompassed folk, rock, country and operetta, the singer has even recorded with minimalist composer Philip Glass. In this session recorded live at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass., Ronstadt sticks to jazz standards like “Lush Life.”
Lloyd led a jazz quartet into The Fillmore, San Francisco’s legendary rock venue, in the 1960s. He backed Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King and hit the road with The Beach Boys. The charismatic musician is 75 this week.
Louis Jordan is one of the pioneers of American music, and an important force in the transition from the Jazz Era to Rock and Roll. He was one of the first to down-size the big band format to a combo of five or six players, pounding out high energy jump, swing and rhythm and blues [...]