Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.

Makoto Ozoné On Piano Jazz

The pianist solos in his original “Lullaby for Rabbit,” host Marian McPartland performs a “Portrait of Makoto Ozoné,” and together they enjoy musical jokes in Sonny Rollins’ “Sonnymoon for Two.”

A Surge Of Scarlatti Sonatas

Three centuries ago, Domenico Scarlatti churned out 555 keyboard sonatas. Today, pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can’t get enough. Hear a clutch of new recordings.

Bruce Hornsby’s Modern Classical Moment

The pianist who spent 25 years writing pop hits says he’s long been interested in the work of Charles Ives, Arnold Schoenberg and others. Now he’s sharing that interest with his audience.

Christian McBride On Piano Jazz

On this program from 2001, the bassist takes center stage to discuss his favorite gigs and jam with host Marian McPartland in “Billie’s Bounce” and “Midnight Sun.”

Remembering Jazz Violinist John Blake Jr.

For decades, he created unique roles for his fiddle. Hear an interview and performance for Billy Taylor’s Jazz At The Kennedy Center, an archival NPR program.