Program Archives

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...

Eric Lewis
02/12/16

Eric Lewis’ career has circulated both in and out of jazz circles. Performing under his given name, he was an up-and-coming pianist who performed in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones....

Christian McBride
02/04/16

Our host Christian McBride happens to be a rather talented bassist and composer, but he told us not to feature him unless it was something special. It so happens that he’s written a special work:...

Johnny O'Neal
01/20/16

Mezzrow is New York City's newest listening room: an intimate club for solo and duo performers where silence and attention are more than encouraged. It's a bit of a throwback, as is its Monday...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk
01/14/16

Legendary trombonist and conch shell virtuoso Steve Turre brings a monster lineup to Jazz at Lincoln Center to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of his influences, the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk....

01/09/16

Today’s finest pianists pay tribute to the Father of Stride Piano -- James P. Johnson. We’ll dig into the James P. Collection in Newark, New Jersey and then head to Dizzy’s for some solo piano...

Tootie Heath
12/28/15

Jazz Night In America is honored to celebrate the 80th birthday of drummer, bandleader, and force of nature Tootie Heath. He’s recorded with Coltrane, lead a band for fifty years, and...

Joey Alexander
12/23/15

Jazz Night in America explores jazz prodigies from different eras. We highlight 11-year-old pianist, Joey Alexander, whose first album came out this spring. 

12/18/15

To ring in the holiday season, Jazz Night in America spends the hour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing highlights from their holiday songbook. We cozy up with members...

12/11/15

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 jazz...

Wayne Horvitz
12/05/15

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...

11/28/15

Kenny Wheeler's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn left deep impressions on generations of musicians. Two such devotees — trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and...

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
11/14/15

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's driven by the programming of JALC's...

Marquis Hill
11/07/15

Trumpeter Marquis Hill has shot to international renown recently, especially after winning the Thelonious Monk Competition -- a sort of international Heisman Trophy for young jazz artists. But it...

Kamasi Washington
10/26/15

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now....

10/24/15

Arturo O'Farrill pays tribute to Afro-Cuban music and the collaborations that have helped this music grow and thrive, despite years of political tumult. "The Conversation Continues" the theme of...

Thelonious Monk
10/08/15

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-...