It'll take at least three guys to move Larry Goldings' instrument of choice into a basement jazz club. But it also lets the keyboardist explore all his control freak tendencies. He explains the appeal of the legendary electric organ, a staple of gospel and soul music.
Jazz history is a living document, with its sounds continuously morphing to its times, and the business around it trying to keep up. So we present news, views and other random acts of journalism concerning the documentary record being rewritten right now.
Growing up in Chile, Melissa Aldana insisted on playing in clubs and transcribed solos like mad — as her father did before her. Now, at 24, she's won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for young musicians, and her youthful dedication is beginning to pay off.
It's vanilla, but that's not really the point. In a short interview, the saxophonist explains why his band returns to a certain palate-cleansing, dairy-titled tune so often — and discusses his connection to its composer, trumpeter and long-time collaborator Ralph Alessi.
When Brandon Bain started singing in New York jazz clubs, he knew he wanted to capture the scene on video. Against 10,000-to-1 odds, he found the means to do it. His web series Capsulocity now features impromptu performances of top young talent generating a bit of unscripted fun.
In the 1980s, pianist Michele Rosewoman and drummer Francisco Mora-Catlett started independently pursuing a mixture of Afro-Caribbean mysticism and avant-garde jazz. Thirty years later, they've finally recorded their otherworldly large ensembles.
The 24-year-old tenor sax player is the first female instrumentalist to take home the annual prize for young musicians. Raised in Chile and based in New York, Aldana beat out friends Tivon Pennicott and Godwin Louis for first-place honors, worth a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract.
Before he was the drummer for The Bad Plus, King developed a strong work ethic — or maybe not — doing various forms of menial labor in the Midwest. He speaks on telemarketing, Orange Julius, and how it applies (or doesn't) to his own bands.
See Michel Camilo's stomping Oxfords and Esperanza Spalding's vibrating bass in pixel portraits.
See Marcus Miller's Bruce Lee action figure, Wayne Shorter's birthday set and more from Newport.
If you didn't manage to sneak your way onto a yacht bound for coastal Rhode Island — well, we can't help you get to Newport. But NPR Music can bring you live streaming concerts. Here's what's in store, starting with Robert Glasper and ending with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.
As a first-call trumpeter in many jazz, Latin and Broadway ensembles, Frink made a lot of bands sound good. But she was better known as someone who made thousands of other trumpet players sound better. The foremost brass instructor in New York City, Frink was 62.
For saxophonist Dayna Stephens, serenity has been a key to dealing with a rare kidney disease. It's filtered into his playing and composing, which is on the upswing despite health challenges that drain hours from his days and thousands of dollars a week from his limited budget.
When he was 21, pianist Marc Cary moved to New York City to find his father. He wound up finding himself in the upper echelons of the city's jazz scene. Cary's new album pays tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter with whom he spent more than a decade performing.
Self-taught and enterprising, Tucker contributed to plenty of great jazz recordings as a sideman in New York and Los Angeles. But the log of his discography barely begins to describe the legacy he left behind in his adopted hometown of Savannah, Ga.
A musician who served under Art Blakey, Betty Carter and with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Miller can be heard on more than 500 albums, including several with his own bands. Beloved by multiple generations of fellow musicians for his commanding, supple style and generous mentorship, he was 57.