What happens when a veteran L.A. soul and jazz instrumentalist discovers the music of Ethiopia? The answer: a world of influence and possibility.
In a 1986 session, the session pianist and Lester Young collaborator demonstrated his boogie-woogie style.
Artists don’t usually tell long, rambling stories for us. They don’t usually name their tunes “Ku Klux Police Department.” The trumpeter presents his jazz-hybridized “stretch music” in performance.
Award-winning pianist Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient sacred hymns from his homeland with improvisation, and a little mystery.
Leon Klinghoffer was killed during the hijacking of the Achille Lauro — and later became a character in a controversial opera. His daughters want people to know him in a different way.
The artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center presents In My Mind, his personal re-imagining of a famous 1959 concert led by his piano hero. Watch highlights from the show.
Sample the musically omnivorous cellist’s wide-ranging work — from J.S. Bach to modern invocations of ancient folk traditions.
Laurie Anderson bears witness — videographic, sculptural, and musical — to Guantanamo’s ongoing legacy in Habeas Corpus.
Seated at the piano in NPR’s studios, Anthony de Mare explains why he commissioned composers from the classical, jazz and Broadway worlds to interpret some of Sondheim’s finest songs.
The saxophonist and bassist formed a dynamic trio with Marian McPartland for this 2000 session.