Program Archives

08/08/16

What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between big band jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? Between Art Blakey and A Tribe Called Quest; between Freddie Hubbard and J. Dilla? One answer...

08/01/16

Jazz Night in America presents the music of trombonist J. J. Johnson curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner. Gardner invites his section parter Elliot...

Jazz Night in America
07/24/16

Jazz has its capital cities: major gathering places like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. But the music manages to live plenty well in many other places too. What goes into those smaller...

George Wein
07/20/16

George Wein turned 90 last year. To celebrate, Jazz Night in America visits with George Wein — jazz impresario, jazz musician, and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival. We help him...

Wayne Shorter
07/10/16

Wayne Shorter revisits some of his most career-defining work in this rare opportunity to hear a true jazz master exploring his back catalog. Joined...

Sabertooth Jazz Quartet
06/30/16

Every year for about 23 years, one group has held a midnight to 5 a.m. time slot on Saturday nights. It's a quirky band, co-led by saxophonist Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, which swings hard...

Randy Weston
06/29/16

Randy Weston turns 90 this year and Jazz Night in America presents his quintet at the 2016 Panama Jazz Festival, where the pianist was the guest of honor. Bandmate T.K. Blue weighs in on...

Ray Charles
06/20/16

At age 21, trumpeter and music director Kenny Rampton (of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) launched his touring career with a nine-month stint in Ray Charles’ band. In this episode, Rampton...

Edmar Castaneda
06/13/16

Jazz Night in America is exploring one of the least frequently used instruments in jazz — the harp! Groundbreaking harpists, Edmar Castaneda and Brandee Younger take the stage for two...

Wayne Horvitz
06/07/16

The keyboardist and composer Wayne Horvitz made his name in New York, but for over 20 years, he's been synonymous with his adopted hometown of Seattle. He's one of the key players of the town's...

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
05/31/16

There's a scene and community that's developed around after hours at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the club environment that's part of Jazz at Lincoln Center. It involves listening sessions and hangs...

05/23/16

In an era where the "jazz standard" songbook is ever expanding into the 21st century, The Ladybugs look back at the Disney catalogue. The Ladybugs are a young, band rooted in the vocal harmony...

Leroy Jones
05/16/16

Trumpeter Leroy Jones started playing New Orleans back when Bourbon Street was lined with jazz clubs instead of bars. The city has changed since then and Leroy has evolved right along with it. He’...

Catherine Russell
05/09/16

Catherine Russell is known for her work with Steely Dan and David Bowie, but also as an interpreter of blues and early jazz. For this episode of Jazz Night in America, Catherine Russell assembles...

The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra
05/02/16

In the middle of their careers, the trumpeter and composer/arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big band music -- and no band to perform it. So they made...

Carlos Henriquez
04/25/16

Carlos Henriquez spends a lot of time at Columbus Circle as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s bassist, a post he’s held since he was a teen. But his roots are uptown in the Bronx. In “The...

Jazz Night in America
04/19/16

The story of jazz’s first popular integrated band – a decade before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball – is told by scriptwriter and seven-time Emmy Award-winner Geoffrey Ward (Ken Burns’ ...

Marquis Hill
04/11/16

Marquis Hill is a recent winner of the Thelonius Monk Jazz Competition and Jazz Night in America caught up with him during a return to his “sweet home” Chicago, Ill for a rehearsal,...

Ibrahim Maalouf
04/07/16

Still in his mid-30s, Ibrahim Maalouf has had a monumental career as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger, offering fresh musical perspectives as he blends jazz and European classical...

Jason Moran
03/29/16

Jason Moran defies the constraints of history itself in this celebration of “the first pianist who made me want to be a pianist.” Using archival footage, interviews, and live music, Moran re-...

Danilo Pérez
03/25/16

Jazz Night in America hits Central America, specifically Panama! Pianist Danilo Perez, founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, is our guide as we learn the power of using jazz as a vehicle...

Danilo Pérez
03/18/16

Stateside, Danilo Pérez is a highly respected pianist in the jazz world. In his homeland of Panama, he's a national icon, and not just for his artistry: He sees jazz as a vehicle for social change...

Akua Dixon
03/10/16

It's not as if there were ever clear paths for cello players beyond the European classical tradition, but Akua Dixon made one for herself. The New York City native found work in the pit band of...

Betty Carter
03/03/16

In this episode of Jazz Night in America, we hear stories from alumni of “the school of Betty Carter”, an esteemed collection of singers bound together by the thrall of Carter’s titanic...

Snarky Puppy
02/24/16

The jazz-fusion stars of Snarky Puppy have toured and recorded all over the world; they’ve won a Grammy Award and were just nominated again. But their spiritual home is still Dallas, Texas. It’s...