Toast Of The Nation
Jan 6, 2014 — Much as families reunite around the holidays, Jazz at Lincoln Center's artistic director convened his own family reunion of sorts at the end of the year. His working band of the '90s — one of his best — came together again to ring in 2014.
Jan 1, 2014 — The vocal gymnast comes from a musical family — his father was the first African American man to sing at the Metropolitan opera, and an important interpreter of spirituals. He sings his own takes on spirituals and then some — with his daughter.
Jan 1, 2014 — A 24-year-old with a taste for finely aged songs, the vocalist was one of the breakout jazz stars of 2013. Accompanied by pianist Aaron Diehl's trio, she performs at the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Festival.
Jan 1, 2014 — A Jazz Messenger, a Young Lion, a New Orleans torchbearer, a mentor for new talent: when leading bands, the "King of Nouveau Swing" merges all that and more. The alto saxophonist leads a young rhythm section on New Year's Eve.
Jan 1, 2014 — The Cuban-born reedman has made a career out of crossing genres. So Chicago's Latino Music Festival invited him to perform with a jazz rhythm section and a string quartet — and the Festival's own director gets into the act.
Jan 1, 2014 — Every month, the Colorado-born sextet of over 20 years gathers from far and wide at the Denver club Dazzle. This particular month, Convergence welcomed a special guest on the Hammond B-3 organ from Los Angeles.
Jan 2, 2013 — An impromptu bongo beat became a full-on tribute to James Brown, and suddenly a band had an all-new repertoire. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Alexander and her Evolution Arkestra address the legacies of Jimi Hendrix and the Godfather of Soul from the South Side of the city.
Jan 2, 2013 — The legendary trumpeter, now 92, was in good spirits and excellent form as 1989 became 1990. In this archival Toast of the Nation concert, he leads a band featuring his long-time friend, saxophonist Red Holloway, in a program of Ellingtonia and other favorites.
Jan 2, 2013 — The eclectic electric guitarist left college about 40 years ago, and judging from the success of his career to date, it wasn't a bad decision. Berklee welcomes Scofield back to perform new tunes and old repertoire from his raucous, electronic-infused Überjam songbook.
May 30, 2012 — In his native Puerto Rico, a jazz drummer found that his friends — pleneros, rappers and saxophonists alike — could all get down to Fela Kuti. So in New York, Cole assembled an 11-piece band to locate the African heart of Caribbean party music.