“If they hold an instrument, they will not take a drug. They will not hold a gun,” says Santa Cecilia Orchestra conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega. “It’s that powerful.”
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.
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.
The composer and singer-songwriter’s new album is a set of 10 vignettes about buildings in L.A. Throughout The Ambassador, Kahane speaks many musical languages fluently and beautifully.
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.
Learn how the 85-year-old composer got his start spoofing on John Cage, and hear his best impression of the coyote howl from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Inspired by Shakespeare, Mendelssohn captures all the magic and frivolity in the music he wrote for the Bard’s otherworldy play.
Hear evocative music about fallen heroes — from a symphony by the son of a Civil War bandsman to a song honoring a young Marine from Alabama.
Anderson shares his “musical memoir” of growing up in 1960s Chicago with a live version of his Sweet Chicago Suite at the Newport Jazz Festival.
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.