In New York, an Israeli guitarist found the beating heart of modern jazz. In San Juan, a jazz drummer found the African heart of Afro-Caribbean party music. Musical traditions unite on the dance floor during this performance in downtown Manhattan.
Italian import Daniela Schaechter is a brilliant young pianist and singer, taking the jazz scene by storm. Judging by her list of awards and the number of jazz luminaries she’s played with, one might think she’d been gigging professionally for dozens of years. Schaechter performs her own tune “Dark Blue,” and McPartland joins in for “It Could Happen to You.”
The saxophonist performs a piece by his contemporary — a practice much rarer than you might think.
Cuadrado sets surrealist Spanish poems to music in a concert at 92Y Tribeca.
Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux stops by to discuss her most recent album, her secret desire to make a jazz record and her musical theories.
Pianist and composer Kurt Ellenberger urges musicians to “make money doing something else.”
Jason Crane of The Jazz Session interview podcast is touring the U.S. via Greyhound bus.
Whistling guitarist and harmonica master Toots Thielemans has played in everything from Charlie Parker’s band to commercials for Old Spice. In his childhood home of Brussels — really, throughout his homeland — the celebration of his 90th birthday is on.
Buffalo native Christopher Ziemba is a young pianist and composer, currently honing his craft at the Eastman School of Music. He took the stage at age 7, and he’s already performed at Carnegie Hall. Ziemba makes his Piano Jazz debut here, performing “Dream Dancing” and “The Nearness of You.”
Steve Lehman’s new album Dialect Fluorescent ends with a song called “Mr. E,” a composition written by jazz legend Jackie McLean. But the connections run deep between Lehman and the alto saxophonist he considers a personal hero.
He broke all the rules of jazz and improvised music — and that was in the 1950s. Now 83 and idolized by musicians, the great improviser is celebrated for developing a unique language at the keyboard.
The Vortex in London is a 100-person venue which recently hosted the Vijay Iyer Trio and the BBC. It’s been an engine of economic growth for its community and is embraced by musicians. It’s all the more remarkable considering no staff are paid.
In one of his final performances, Armstrong used “Hello Dolly” to convey the joy of being alive.
A professor of music writes about how a proliferation of teaching jazz hasn’t made it more popular.
Famous for his collaborations with Miles Davis, Evans brought orchestral colors and textures to jazz, and was a pioneer of the “cool” sound.
The Cuban trumpeter first met Dizzy Gillespie in 1977, when the American jazzman came to Havana to play a concert. It was the start of a friendship that would last until Gillespie’s death in 1993.
“Cookie cutter” students, young musicians in New York and the history of jazz in India.
In Boston, three professors and musical virtuosos meet weekly to give concerts of free improvisation — and have for four decades. One fan tells us about how she saw The Fringe so many times, the manager of the club finally offered her a job tending bar.
Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of songwriter and lyricist Johnny Mercer. Pianist-singer and Mercer enthusiast Daryl Sherman brings her sophisticated swing and witty charm to the show for performances of “Too Marvelous for Words” and “Jeepers Creepers.” McPartland joins in on one of her favorite Mercer tunes, “Skylark.”
The Undead Music Festival hosts a nationwide “Night of the Living DIY” this Friday, organizing house concerts from Oakland to Brooklyn. As one grassroots concert presenter explains, living rooms might just be where improvisation thrives best.
For arranger Gil Evans’ centennial, we present a concert from the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival. Terence Blanchard plays Davis’ role with commitment and emotion.
Pianist Christian Sands has an old-school jazz education — yet loves to riff over Kanye West beats and arrange OutKast songs. Of course, if you follow improvised music today, this is far from unusual.
Plenty of instrumental bands conversant with today’s pop music come from a similar perspective with more creativity — if not attention. Here are five such groups that preserve the same keyboards-bass-drums lineup of the young Toronto trio.
At the 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival, three-quarters of the stellar fusion band Return to Forever re-united. They are Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White on piano, bass and drums, respectively. Hear the highly charged acoustic set.