A global pop star of the late ’80s and ’90s returns by collaborating with the Scandinavian free-jazz trio, which took its name from her stepfather. As you might expect, the results are wild, homemade and raw — and somehow, they make a lot of sense.
He took a snapshot of his long-running quartet mid-experiment. Then he thought he’d record a completely different band on a different set of tunes. The result is Ravi Coltrane’s sixth studio album, the latest progress report from the saxophonist.
Three concert presenters and three record labels explain how they’re trying to attract new fans.
Opinions abound regarding alternate employment, how to put butts in seats, and anime jazz.
When you’re a world-class jazz drummer like these two, your calendar fills up pretty quickly with world-class gigs. So NPR Music and WBGO are giving the drummers some — that is, some time to showcase their own tunes and own bands.
In Shearing’s second appearance on the program from 1987, host Marian McPartland reminisces with her fellow countryman about obscure British tunes, and the two have fun re-harmonizing “God Save the Queen.” Shearing also sings and plays Cole Porter’s “After You,” and the two end with a two-piano version of “Indiana.”
The trumpeter and the drummer each bring high-energy bands to the Detroit Jazz Festival.
The drummer is an awfully busy player — as likely to improvise with jazz musicians as she is to back Brandi Carlile — but in recent years, she’s carved out time to write music for her own group. A few tunes are dedicated to friends like her first teacher, a “sometimes great guy.”
Spalding treated the Morning Becomes Eclectic crew to a full-band in-studio performance during a recent visit to Santa Monica. Watch Spalding and company perform “Smile Like That” from Radio Music Society.
The talk-show host and former presidential candidate also plays bass in a rock group. But he says his tastes were more shaped by the big-band jazz his parents played.