NPR Jazz Live
Nov 9, 2013 — The jazz vibraphone pioneer played with Stan Getz and Chick Corea, was an early adopter of jazz fusion, and became the Dean of Berklee College of Music. He's now past retirement age, but in a session with guitarist Julian Lage, his flying four-mallet technique hasn't slowed a bit.
Oct 2, 2013 — After releasing his latest album, last year's Spirit Fiction, the saxophonist put his decade-old quartet on hiatus. He now takes a new group into a venue haunted by the ghosts of his parents, who also presented a new band there nearly 50 years ago. Hear a live concert.
Oct 9, 2013 — The saxophonist, 24, came to the U.S. from Chile with little money and less command of English. But she did have some serious ability at the saxophone, which has now found footing in the New York scene. She visits her alma mater to perform with her international band.
Nov 13, 2013 — When their busy schedules align, the three jazz sidemen come together as a trio. Their format isn't earth-shatteringly new — it's built on classic sonorities in which Hammond B3 organ meets electric guitar — but after nearly 25 years as a band, their rapport is. Hear a live concert.
Sep 11, 2013 — Known for experimentation, The Bad Plus' drummer performs more conventional modern jazz on the side, as he showed on 2012's I've Been Ringing You. With two underground rhythm-section guys from the Upper Midwest, he travels to New York for a week at one of the city's most prestigious clubs.
Aug 21, 2013 — The drummer is 84 — he's been around the jazz scene for a while. But he's been more than around: He was the drummer on Miles Davis' late-'50s and early-'60s masterpieces. These days, he's still touring the world, leading bands like this international quartet. Hear a live performance.
Apr 17, 2014 — At the KC Jazz Club, Moran sets up two tunes with pre-produced sound montages, including a unique take on "Honeysuckle Rose." Hear Moran's long-running Bandwagon trio play Washington, D.C.
Sep 14, 2013 — Latin jazz works best when the musicians involved are as fluent in Afro-Cuban rhythms as they are in the deep grooves and advanced harmonics of bebop. A man with a powerful interest in both the past and the future, Arturo O'Farrill has that pedigree in his DNA.
Oct 19, 2013 — Chicago bassist Matt Ulery writes beautiful music in an unpretentious way. It's intricate stuff, with interlocking parts and multiple sections, but it comes out sounding folky and simple. His small group, featuring bass clarinet and accordion, has it down pat.
Apr 10, 2013 — With his ever-changing Fairgrounds band, the drummer gets to mix and match his favorite musicians. And when you've been tapped to play drums for Chick Corea, Ray Charles and Brad Mehldau, you get to know a lot of musicians. Ballard and a multi-generational band play live in New York.