For the sesquicentennial of the composer’s birth, Michael Steinberg introduces his proud and sometimes mysterious music, confirming his reputation as one of the greatest symphonists.
Horvitz is one of those musicians who does almost everything — from leading a small group of improvisers to conducting a big band, and from composing for symphony orchestra to running a nightclub.
Carpenter performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. this week. Scott Simon speaks with the virtuoso musician about his latest tour.
David Lang was tasked with writing music for Michael Caine’s character, an elderly composer who gets abruptly called out of retirement.
Marian McPartland praises the trumpeter’s warmth and virtuosity in a Piano Jazz episode from 2000.
In Seattle, he books a club, teaches college and high-school kids, and leads a lot of different bands. So it makes sense that his new project was inspired by the locally born writer Richard Hugo.
Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and pianist Jason Moran recently spoke with NPR Music about their experiences as black men dealing with police — and those of jazz giants before them.
Hear a young conductor, composer and pianist riff on Beethoven and play his own jazz-inspired compositions.
The composer and arranger spent the bulk of his career in service to the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He wrote some of the most popular songs of the 20th century — without ever hiding who he was.
Though overshadowed during his own lifetime by his employer, Duke Ellington, the composer-arranger wrote more than 1,000 pieces. Here are takes on his most famous tunes.