As rich as Anat Cohen’s Anzic Orchestra is with brass, woodwinds and cellos, Avishai Cohen’s Triveni trio is spare with just trumpet, bass and drums. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, the siblings perform together and apart at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center.
The music has become a point of pride for the United States: a homegrown art form forged from folk traditions. The black jazz pioneers who lived through eras of discrimination have a complicated pride in the U.S. Hear five improvised takes on American patriotic songs, from reverent to ironic.
For saxophonist Dayna Stephens, serenity has been a key to dealing with a rare kidney disease. It’s filtered into his playing and composing, which is on the upswing despite health challenges that drain hours from his days and thousands of dollars a week from his limited budget.
The jazz masters’ first album of entirely original material pushes music lovers to dance. At its heart, That’s It! is a memory trick, managing to sound both familiar and fresh. But this is more than a live performance by a hot band.
Every release by the great pianist Chucho Valdés digs deeper into the common roots of jazz and Cuban music. A tight collection of songs that span the entire Cuban musical landscape and beyond, Border-Free explores unexpected musical connections.
Tony DeSare has earned a reputation as one of New York’s hottest young singer/pianists. Whether performing classic standards or sophisticated original compositions, DeSare possesses a cool vocal tone with swinging piano accompaniment. Hear an interview and performance.
The Fourth of July is coming, so we wave the jazz flag with music transcribed from Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens — quintet and septet recordings from the late 1920s — and a new Grammy-winning arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”