NPR Jazz News

Ezra Collective Sets The 'Quest For Coin' To A Fast-Paced Jazz Soundtrack

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 1:57 PM • The millennial London jazz band shares an expeditious, vibrant single from its upcoming debut album, You Can't Steal My Joy.

With 'Fyah,' Theon Cross Makes An Electric Statement From London's Jazz Underground

Thursday, February 07, 2019 5:00 AM • The rambunctious, indefatigable tuba player and composer makes a lot of joyful noise on London's jazz scene ??? part heavy anchor, part combustion engine, with a will to set any groove aflame.

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

Saturday, February 02, 2019 5:00 AM • A new collaboration from Karen O and Danger Mouse, a fresh new beat from French producer FKJ and a new single from Jack White's The Raconteurs are among this month's favorites.

For Betty Carter, 'The Music Never Stops' ??? Even 27 Years Later

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:00 AM • On March 29, 1992, Betty Carter performed The Music Never Stops at Alice Tully Hall in New York. This spring, that classic concert can be relived once again.

A Reunion Of Brotherly Love: Joey DeFrancesco Traces His Roots

Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:03 PM • Christian McBride interviews one of his oldest friends, organist Joey DeFrancesco, in their hometown of Philadelphia.

Different Ways To See And Be: The Lives Of Joseph Jarman And Alvin Fielder

Saturday, January 19, 2019 8:02 AM • The deaths of two foundational members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a forward-thinking Chicago jazz collective, offers a chance to reflect on its evolving impact.

Wayne Shorter Travels The Spaceways

Saturday, January 05, 2019 9:01 AM • A new album by the octogenarian saxophonist is always a big deal, but his latest ??? and the winner of the 2018 Jazz Critics Poll ??? is also just plain big: 3 discs and an 84-page graphic novel.

The 2018 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Saturday, January 05, 2019 9:01 AM • Over 130 critics voted on the best jazz albums of 2018 ??? celebrated elders dominated the top of the results, but a class of younger musicians is rising.

'Jazz Night In America' Remembers Artists We Lost In 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018 11:17 AM • Friends of the show offer memories and music of pianist Cecil Taylor, Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

Nate Chinen's Favorite Albums Of 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:30 AM • For NPR Music's jazz critic and the editorial director of WBGO, 2018 was a year that saw music ??? not just jazz ??? in the throes of a creative boom, rocketing in many directions.

The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Performs Big Band Holiday Classics

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 3:34 PM • New arrangements, old Yuletide classics. Watch the annual Jazz at Lincoln Center Big Band Holidays concert live on Wed., December 19th at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Remembering Nancy Wilson: The Best Of 'Jazz Profiles'

Saturday, December 15, 2018 5:00 AM • Tim Owens, lead producer of the Jazz Profiles series, looks back on the creation of the long-running documentary series, working with Wilson and some of her favorite episodes.

Nancy Wilson, Legendary Vocalist And NPR 'Jazz Profiles' Host, Dies At 81

Friday, December 14, 2018 5:25 AM • Wilson, who won three Grammy awards and recorded more than 60 albums, died at her California home Thursday after a long illness. From 1996-2005, she hosted NPR's documentary series Jazz Profiles.

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:20 PM • The holidays aren't complete around NPR without our annual Jazz Piano Christmas concert. This year's event featured pianists Booker T. Jones, Jason Moran, D??nae Olano and James Francies.

Jazz, Love and Letting Loose: Brooklyn's Surprising Senior Jazz Scene

Monday, December 10, 2018 6:06 AM • Jazz 966 is a senior center by day, but, on Friday nights, it transforms into a swinging jazz club catering to seniors who love to hear live music.