Regina Carter has been pushing the limits of what jazz violin can be. Last time Ms. Carter was in the Jazz24/KPLU studios, she had just released her album, Reverse Thread: Kanou and N’teri, which explored African music in a fresh new way. On this visit to Seattle, with guitarist Marvin Sewell and bassist Jesse Murphy, she had [...]
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.
Today is International Jazz Day. UNESCO created this celebratory day in 2011 to promote “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.” The centerpiece of the celebration is a concert that has already taken place in Osaka, Japan, featuring Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Beasley [...]
Horace Silver is another one of the true originals in jazz. All jazz musicians strive to have a unique, identifiable sound, and Horace achieved that early on in his career. His percussive, hard-driving style is recognizable within a few notes and his compositions are some of the most well crafted and beloved in jazz history. [...]
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 [...]