Bassist and Jazz Night In America host Christian McBride spotlights a vocalist from France, a drummer from Mexico and a trumpet-playing South African legend.
In honor of International Jazz Day, our Throwback Thursday this week revisits five jazz tiny desk concerts that knocked our socks off. Ya dig?
It’s but a standard warhorse, plucked from a seemingly random live date in 1978. But once she initiates the finale sequence, you can only shake your head and smile.
The popular jazz singer follows a familiar pattern on his new album: It’s acoustic, unconcerned with fashion or complexity, and both overpowering and soothing. That’s a good thing.
The show tells the story of the last night of the president’s life. “We took the myth of JFK and we really attempted to make him mortal,” librettist Royce Vavrek says.
With a career that began at age 7, the violinist became one of the 20th century’s most beloved musicians and so much more than a virtuoso.
DeJohnette has been playing jazz long enough to have jammed with two generations of Coltranes. He speaks with Robert Siegel about staying fresh after 50 years behind the kit.
The small group that made a bespectacled white clarinetist a star happened to be of jazz’s first racially integrated bands. Wendell Pierce and four young clarinetists tell the story live on stage.
Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful Seventh Symphony was written during the devastating World War II siege of Leningrad. Hear Mariss Jansons lead the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
To the extent that Snarky Puppy has a core sonic idea, it’s an intricate melody over a multifaceted groove, as generated by multiple horn players, guitarists, keyboardists and percussionists.