Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images
February 11, 2014 There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/275265524/275384799" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Frank Wess appears at a tribute concert in 2007.
Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images
November 1, 2013 He had gigs before and enjoyed prominent freelance work afterward. But the mellow saxophone and flute player's career was kickstarted by spending more than a decade in the front row of Count Basie's "New Testament" band.
Jonathan Batiste ends this set with "Kindergarten," a modern and hand-clapping take on the Louisiana roots of jazz.
Ingrid Hertfelder/Courtesy of the artist
January 14, 2011 The Generations in Jazz celebration from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola winds to a close, as Jonathan Batiste and Sullivan Fortner perform a piano duet of the theme from The Odd Couple. Plus, Geri Allen performs a Marian McPartland favorite, Thad Jones' beautiful "A Child Is Born."
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/132932645/132927857" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Terrel Stafford performs at Kennedy Center Jazz Club in Washington, D.C.
July 1, 2010 Frank Wess hits his marks at any tempo. When bassist Rufus Reid shifts his weight from side to side, he says that means he's into the music. Winard Harper is a small package with big energy at the drums. And trumpet man Terell Stafford (pictured) plays from his knees, painting the air with his bell and making great music.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/111389635/128213689" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Hank and Elvin Jones.
August 31, 2009 This coming weekend, more than 100 jazz acts will descend upon the Detroit International Jazz Festival. The event will celebrate three brothers from a special Detroit-rooted jazz family: pianist Hank Jones and his two late brothers, drummer Elvin and trumpeter Thad.
January 1, 2009 At age 86, NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess has a ball leading a dream band with Terell Stafford on trumpet. Wess doubles on saxophone and flute, coming full circle to Washington, D.C., the city where he first took his studies seriously.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/99049768/99049765" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
July 3, 2008 In March 2007, more than 30 lifelong jazz musicians were celebrated at the Kennedy Center for their contributions to a unique art form. JazzSet presents a recording of the concert companion to the awards ceremony, featuring Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, and more.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor