A zooid is an organism that functions independently within a larger organism — a sensible metaphor for an improvising band which has operated under an original system of mutable, multi-directional grooves for a dozen years now. Hear the group’s new album.
To prepare for her new album, Girl Talk, McGarry researched what her singing idols — including Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day — sounded like in conversation.
A veteran jazzman and his musical family put their horns together on their first collaborative release, Kelan Philip Cohran and The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
It’s easy to see why the drummer is so in demand among jazz’s international stars — just watching him manipulate polyrhythms will suffice. But he also writes music: His open, soaring quartet performs songs from an upcoming record live in concert.
The late pianist led a trio for many years in Southern California clubs and accompanied many great singers on movie sets and stages. Piano Jazz remembers Gerry Wiggins with this archived performance and conversation from 1992.
In the first generation of bebop musicians, Ray Brown was king of the jazz bass. He mentored a young player named Christian McBride, and today, McBride is jazz’s “go-to” bassist. While visiting Seattle’s KPLU, he performs with pianist Peter Martin.
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson sing from the Abbey Lincoln songbook.
He’s a restless creative spirit who can’t keep still on stage, but now the jazz harmonica player has the recorded document to back up his reputation. Maret brings his quartet to WBGO to perform tunes from his self-titled debut album.
There have been a few groundbreaking harpists in jazz and improvised music, from Dorothy Ashby to Zeena Parkins. Now, Fresh Air‘s jazz critic says the Colombian phenomenon joins that list with Double Portion, his new album of solos and duets.
Ravi Coltrane and Neneh Cherry will release new albums 52 years after their dads recorded together.