Jazz Notes Newsletter
Mar 5, 2014 — The Baltimore native plays mean piano and drums, but he's made his biggest mark as a bandleader with his mallets. The jazz vibraphonist visits his alma mater to lead his quintet in concert.
Mar 5, 2014 — "The beauty was in the rawness," says the violinist, who based her latest album around field recordings from the American South.
Mar 5, 2014 — In January, Harris Eisenstadt spent two weeks studying percussion in Matanzas and Havana. Here's what he gained from the experience.
Mar 7, 2014 — Host Marian McPartland talks to her longtime friend and idol on the first episode, recorded in 1978 with Williams and bassist Ronnie Boykins.
Mar 6, 2014 — At the Kennedy Center Jazz Club, the trio plays everything from bebop classics to Cole Porter and Thelonious Monk. Mulgrew's take on the timeless ballad "My Foolish Heart" is unforgettable.
Mar 7, 2014 — Sutton and host Michael Feinstein compare back-to-back versions of jazz standards "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Without a Song" in a session.
Jan 28, 2014 — Many Shanghai jazz standards of the 1930s and '40s were banned in China after the Chinese Communist Party took over. But they reemerged decades later through cover versions. Now, the songs are back again in a new cover album by a Chinese-American electronic artist and a jazz singer from Shanghai.
Jan 11, 2014 — The composer and bandleader made his first recordings in the late 1940s. In the decades since, Heath has played with and written for everyone from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and Milt Jackson.
Dec 18, 2013 — We asked 137 jazz journalists to pick their favorite albums that came out this year. Out of over 700 nominees, here are their collective top 50 picks, along with top finishers in the Latin jazz, vocal, debut and reissue categories.
Dec 13, 2013 — Italian pianist Stefano Bollani stretches the limits of imagination with improvisations ranging from quirky to transcendent. Virtuoso technique and a keen harmonic sense bolster Bollani's improvisations, which are influenced as much by Charlie Parker as Prokofiev and Zappa.