NPR Jazz News

Watch The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Celebrate 60 Years

Monday, June 24, 2019 9:20 AM • Watch the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour featuring Christian Sands, C??cile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Yasushi Nakamura and Jamison Ross.

Good Gracious! Words Of Wisdom And Soulful Reflection From 'Sweet Papa' Lou Donaldson

Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:54 PM • Host Christian McBride sits down with saxophonist Lou Donaldson to talk about Lou's life as a performer, his thoughts on jazz today and how hip-hop brought new ears to his music.

Smithsonian Folkways Celebrates 50 Years Of Jazz Fest's Serendipity

Friday, June 07, 2019 4:24 PM • The 50th anniversary Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival box set, out now, focuses on jazz legends and rising stars from the region.

Turtle Island Quartet Joins Cyrus Chestnut With Global Gospel Offering

Thursday, June 06, 2019 4:15 PM • Watch Carry Me Home, a program from Turtle Island, the hardest working string quartet in jazz, and their latest collaborator, pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

Chilean Singer-Songwriter Camila Meza Sets A Brooklyn Loft Aglow

Monday, June 03, 2019 8:00 AM • Rising singer, guitarist and composer Camila Meza reverberates songs from her latest record ??mbar off the walls of a light-filled Brooklyn loft.

Brandee Younger Plucks And Shimmers A 'Soul Awakening'

Thursday, May 30, 2019 5:01 AM • The jazz harpist's sophomore record is celestial, groove-forward and unabashed about its alchemies of style. Ravi Coltrane guests.

Joel Ross And His (Exceptionally) Good Vibes

Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:02 AM • The vibraphonist has a "love-hate relationship" with his instrument that has been helpful in perfecting his craft ??? but it wouldn't mean much without the deep emotional well he pulls from.

Meet The NEA's 2020 Jazz Masters: McFerrin, Mitchell, Workman And Kirk

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:30 AM • The four recipients of America's highest jazz honor will be celebrated at a concert in San Francisco next spring.

Cleveland's Joe Lovano Comes Home

Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:49 PM • Every December, saxophonist Joe Lovano travels home to Cleveland to throw himself a birthday concert. We hear tales of Lovano family lore, and a get a slice of his musical past and present.

Snarky Puppy's Full Pack Came Together To Record 'Immigrance'

Thursday, May 09, 2019 2:30 PM • This loosely-knit collective of funk, jazz, and rock players recorded it's latest studio album, Immigrance, with the full lineup of just under 20 members.

Brad Mehldau's 'Finding Gabriel' Is A Call To Communion

Thursday, May 09, 2019 5:00 AM • The jazz pianist's swing-for-the-fences opus references Old Testament prophets and collides retro-futurist synthesizers with horns and strings.

The Birthplace Of Country Music's First Hit Is Being Threatened By Modern Construction

Saturday, May 04, 2019 7:52 AM • A grassroots drive to preserve a historic building in downtown Atlanta is highlighting the city's somewhat forgotten role in early country music.

Wynton Marsalis Imagines Buddy Bolden's Jazz On-Screen: 'He Was Bringing Fire'

Thursday, May 02, 2019 4:48 PM • Decorated jazz composer Wynton Marsalis talks about creating music inspired by an artist he's never heard play, Charles "Buddy" Bolden, for the film Bolden.

More Than 'Kind Of Blue': In 1959, A Few Albums Changed Jazz Forever

Monday, April 29, 2019 5:09 AM • Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus all cut timeless classics, each pointing the form in a different direction.

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 AM • On this month's Heavy Rotation, hear the latest songs from Ari Lennox, Anderson .Paak, Ben Kweller, Y La Bamba and more.