Saxophonist Miguel Zenón likes to stack beats on top of each other. But he doesn’t do it for the novelty: As he explains, he’s also trying to tell a story about multiple national identities.
A year into the siege of Leningrad, a haggard group of musicians defiantly — and improbably — performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, which was dedicated to the suffering city.
To understand what it means to be Puerto Rican in the U.S., saxophonist Miguel Zenón spoke with friends and fellow musicians who share his split identity — and put their stories into his music.
In this 1992 session, Drew interprets Thelonious Monk’s “In Walked Bud.” Then, he and host Marian McPartland collaborate in a performance of “Falling In Love with You.”
With costumes inspired by Egyptian symbolism and science fiction, the late jazz innovator’s band plays an out-of-this-world set in the NPR Music offices on Halloween.
After composer Robert Schumann died, his Violin Concerto languished in a library — until a grandniece of the man he wrote it for got out her Ouija board.
Joyce DiDonato — a Kansas native and lifelong Royals fan — happens to be one of the world’s greatest opera singers. Here’s what makes her so extraordinary.
Trumpeter Wallace Roney played Davis’ understudy for many years. So it was fitting when he resurrected a long-lost orchestral composition that Wayne Shorter wrote for his mentor.
Think you know your musical ghouls and ghosts? From country and classical to rock and jazz, try this hair-raising Halloween puzzler.
On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1998, Hargrove joins host Marian McPartland for “I Wish I Knew,” and McPartland performs her original “Threnody.”