Polio damaged Haden's voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, he helped shape the sound of jazz and spanned country and gospel. He died Friday at 76.
The artist-run Vision Festival, now in its 19th year, remains as staunchly committed to its mission as ever. But as its audience ages, it's sowing seeds of community outreach and childhood education.
The bandleader and composer shifted the jazz landscape of the 1950s and '60s with his bluesy, funky music. Along the way, he mentored major musicians and devised future jazz standards.
Many jazz musicians got the music bug from their fathers. Find out what second-generation percussionists like Nasheet Waits, Ralph Peterson and Sheila E. say about their fathers' influence.
The beloved musician had a slight frame, an almost feminine voice and a late revival after a promising start and years of neglect.
WBGORio de Janeiro has often been the crucible of Brazilian song — a tradition that continues today. As the world's eyes turn to Brazil, hear five songs from Rio's jazz-influenced Flame Collective.
Nearly three-quarters of a century old, the label remains a showcase for jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Here are our picks for sublime moments from the catalog.
WFIUAround 1945, jazz's traditional funeral rites manifested in a more modern form of tribute. Now, some of the music's most powerful tunes are written in memory of late colleagues. Hear five examples.
Sifting through the overwhelming catalog of the Afro-futurist jazz master is a daunting task. To celebrate Sun Ra's centennial, we picked five essential songs that lay his otherworldly evolution bare.
Like his father, Warren Shadd was a jazz musician and a piano technician. Then he decided to build a prototype instrument, went to a gospel music convention, and suddenly had more than 1,000 buyers.
Billy Crystal hosts Love, Loss and Laughter: The Story of Jazz — a tour of the music's history in song and dance, featuring an all-star lineup and the JALC Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis.
It's hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker and Carlos Santana. But such was the resumé of Armando Peraza after almost 70 years of making music.
With this year's International Jazz Day concert taking place in Osaka, an East Asian historian (a musician himself) describes how the music came across the Pacific — and how it took off after that.
This weekend's Art of Cool Festival in Durham, N.C., aims to expand the audience for improvised music. So it's booked performers from modern R&B, hip-hop and beyond with deep jazz influences.
Even today's musicians know that jazz has a rapidly changing, living, breathing history. In a new video, young gun Kris Bowers takes a YouTube tour from ragtime and stride through the present day.