Program Archives

Anat Cohen
07/13/15

Choro, which means “to cry” in Portuguese, is a genre often referred to as “The New Orleans Jazz of Brazil.” Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of...

Marcus Roberts
07/06/15

Introducing Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation. Roberts’ new 11-piece ensemble - featuring many of his younger protégé - perform original material by Roberts and the music of Jelly Roll...

06/29/15

Pianist Eric Reed celebrates the 110th birthday of tenor saxophone master Coleman Hawkins. Reed brings Tivon Pennicott, tenor saxophone; Warren Vache, cornet; Dezron Douglas, bass; and drummer...

David Murray
06/22/15

David Murray is known as one of New York's most monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific artists — a tenor saxophonist who has played and written for just about every imaginable context. ...

Jimmy Greene
06/15/15

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene paid tribute to his daughter, Ana, who was killed in the Newtown Massacre, by composing an album to reflect the way she lived.  Jazz Night in America captured his...

Henry Threadgill
06/08/15

Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Tubas, guitars, drums, saxophones, voice, nothing is off the table. The saxophonist, flautist and composer turned 70 this year and Harlem...

Kamasi Washington
06/01/15

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

Akua Dixon
05/26/15

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...

Our Point of View
05/19/15

Our Point of View is a leaderless supergroup of Blue Note artists assembled for the label's 75th anniversary. The group consists of: Lionel Loueke, guitar and vocals; Marcus Strickland, tenor sax...

Kenny Wheeler
05/04/15

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 - 2014). Kenny's stunning compositions and imaginative...

04/29/15

Two years ago Jamison Ross took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  The 26-year-old drummer has played with both veterans Carmen Lundy and Wess Anderson, and young...

Simon Bolivar Big Band
04/20/15

Highlights from the Simon Bolivar Big Band performing for the first time at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The band is a student-based group, created in Venezuela in 2007 with the goal of promoting jazz...

Home Cookin'
04/16/15

In Philadelphia, in the 1950s into the 1970s, dozens of organists emerged and reshaped jazz into a popular, swinging, danceable, yet artistically refined contemporary music. Usually featuring a...

Billi
04/06/15

Jazz Night in America marks the centennial of the birth of Billie Holiday with Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson showcasing her blues, country and folk-tinged delivery, singing selections...

Blue Note's 75th Birthday Celebration. Photo credit: NPR
03/31/15

Blue Note Records turns 75 this year, and to celebrate, Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosted a concert featuring some of the record label's...

03/06/15

For trumpeter/composer Igmar Thomas, much in contemporary music is clearly evolved from improvised American music of eras past. That insight led him to create the Revive Big Band, a large ensemble...