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The All-Female Big Bands That Made History During World War II

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:11 PM • NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Christian McBride of Jazz Night in America about the forgotten all-female big bands that toured the United States during World War II.

With His First Album In 5 Years, A 'Fire Is Coming' From Flying Lotus

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:34 PM • The genre-jumping producer is set to release Flamagra, his first album in five years, in May with features from Solange, Anderson .Paak, George Clinton and more.

Watch It Live: The 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

Monday, April 15, 2019 9:00 AM • Stanley Crouch, Bob Dorough, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Maria Schneider are recipients of the 2019 Jazz Masters award ??? the highest honor the U.S. gives to a jazz musician or advocate.

Watch Electro-Jazz Drummer Mark Guiliana Perform His Latest Album

Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:36 PM • The New Jersey-based drummer performed his latest record, Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music!, for a live audience at Rough Trade in New York City.

A Band Rebuilds In New Orleans After A Man-Made Catastrophe

Thursday, April 04, 2019 4:15 PM • In 2016, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra faced a scandal that cast doubt on its very future. The road to recovery has been, in the words of the group's new CEO, "a tightrope walk."

In New Orleans, 'Indian Red' Is The Anthemic Sound Of Tradition

Sunday, March 31, 2019 7:43 AM • African-Americans in the city have paraded in spectacular regalia inspired by Native American motifs for more than a century. The song of the Mardi Gras Indians exudes joy, defiance ??? and mystery.

Karl Denson Talks 'Gnomes & Badgers'

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:00 AM • Karl Denson talks about tunes from the Karl Denson's Tiny Universe's latest album.

Oakland Collective SOL Development Preserves The 'The SOL Of Black Folk'

Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:09 PM • Members of the West Coast jazz and hip-hip group discuss SOL Development's debut album and the role music plays in community activism.

Nat King Cole Still Remains 'One Of The Great Gifts Of Nature' 100 Years Later

Sunday, March 17, 2019 8:42 AM • The jazz legend and barrier breaker was born on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Ala.

Place Your 'Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery' With The Comet Is Coming

Thursday, March 07, 2019 5:00 AM • The London trio, led by Shabaka Hutchings on reeds, liberates itself from received jazz wisdom, let alone any form of decorum.

Still Tippin': Solange At Home In Houston

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 5:00 AM • Days after Solange dropped her visual album When I Get Home, the artist/auteur doubled down on her love for Houston by hosting screenings of the album's companion art film all across the city.

Welcome To Planet Kamasi Washington

Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:31 PM • The rules of musical gravity don't apply for the spirited saxophonist, composer and producer.

A Sprawling Blueprint For Protest Music, Courtesy Of The Jazz Duke

Friday, February 22, 2019 4:25 PM • He called it "a parallel to the history of the American Negro." Duke Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige wasn't an immediate hit, but it set a tone for ambitious, provocative works about black life.

Bill Frisell And Thomas Morgan Finesse The Iconic Theme 'You Only Live Twice'

Friday, February 22, 2019 10:10 AM • Bill Frisell, an elite jazz guitarist, teams up with bassist Thomas Morgan to imagine a playful riff on this 007 theme.

How Pianist Kris Bowers Found His Inner Virtuoso For Oscar-Nominated 'Green Book'

Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:02 AM • The 29-year-old pianist and composer who performs all the on-screen music in the Oscar-nominated movie, Green Book, explains how it was done.