Mark Stewart On Q2 Music’s ‘Spaces’

Conch shells, a 19th-century relative of the tuba, and wooden nose flutes are just a few of the odd instruments you’ll find in the apartment of Paul Simon’s music director.

Jon Faddis On Piano Jazz

The trumpeter demonstrates his love for his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, in a performance of “Fiesta Mojo.” He also joins host Marian McPartland for Sonny Rollins’ “St. Thomas” in a 2004 session.

In Memoriam: Jazz Elegies

Around 1945, jazz’s traditional funeral rites manifested in a more modern form of tribute. Now, some of the music’s most powerful tunes are written in memory of late colleagues. Hear five examples.

Act Like You Know: Sun Ra

Sifting through the overwhelming catalog of the Afro-futurist jazz master is a daunting task. To celebrate Sun Ra’s centennial, we picked five essential songs that lay his otherworldly evolution bare.