Born in Cuba in the late 1800s, danzón had couples gliding in a kind of formal square dance a century later.
“I wanted to show another side of my passion,” says 25-year-old Hailey Niswanger, whose new album PDX Soul is a departure from her previous straight-ahead jazz albums.
An expert on rhythm and phrasing, the singer accompanies herself on piano for “As Long As I Live.”
Classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa is a YouTube star. Reactions to her divisive and fiercely political Twitter account became the catalyst for a string of problems at the Toronto Symphony.
The longtime piano accompanist and musical director accidentally broke the hit “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” But he was also the driving force behind the style Bennett is best known for.
It was in Philly where Jimmy Smith first took a church instrument and made it swing. Years later, the city’s jazz community gathers to salute its many soulful pioneers of the Hammond B-3 organ.
Most artists belong to their times. But Holiday, born 100 years ago Tuesday, fits in the present.
For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass’ new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.
On Coming Forth By Day, one of today’s premier jazz singers pays an imaginative tribute to one of her idols, born 100 years ago. As Wilson says, a simple imitation “would be almost insulting.”
The internationally celebrated soloist convinced violinist Klara Berkovich to teach her when she was just five years old. Student and teacher join NPR’s Arun Rath to reflect on their relationship.