Power And Struggle In A Soviet Symphony

After he was publicly denounced, Shostakovich rebounded with the compelling and calculated Symphony No. 5. The music supplied a soundtrack for the Soviet people and satisfied the apparatchiks.

Pete Jolly On Piano Jazz

On this 1986 episode of Piano Jazz, Jolly demonstrates his swinging piano style with a solo in “You, The Night And The Music.” Then, host Marian McPartland joins in for a performance of “Barbados.”

Sax Ed: The NPR Music Saxophone Quiz

From classical and rock to jazz and world music, the saxophone has invaded many cultures and styles. Try this quiz celebrating the bicentennial of the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax.

A Night At The Museum

Jazz musicians find inspiration in many things. Himalayan art is not typically one of them. But at the Rubin Museum of Art, five top young pianists were all driven by something they saw.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sax

Thursday marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. Miles Hoffman explains how an instrument designed for military bands became inextricably linked to jazz.

Identities Are Changeable

Miguel Zenón, the prolific saxophonist and composer, interviewed fellow Puerto Ricans living in New York City about their multiple national identities. Then he made a new album about it.