Willis Conover, an expert on jazz, broadcasts "Music USA" from his Voice of America studio in Washington in March 1959.
July 25, 2015 American broadcaster Willis Conover was known around the world in places like Prague, Moscow and Warsaw, but not so much at home. For more than 40 years, he hosted a jazz show on the Voice of America.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/426029637/426145880" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Asad Ali, 63, was unemployed for four years when Pakistan clamped down on live music in 1977. He now plays the guitar for Sachal Studios Orchestra around the globe and in his hometown, Lahore.
Courtesy of Mobeen Ansari
April 18, 2015 In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government decried music and film. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.
Trumpeter Clark Terry in 1991. Terry's wife announced Saturday that he had died at age 94.
February 22, 2015 The famed musician was one of the most prolific recording artists in jazz and performed with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Quincy Jones in a career that spanned decades.
October 9, 2014 Jazz is an exchange of sounds, rhythms and themes. Jazz Night in America allows listeners to be a part of the exchange with a seat in the front row of the performance & the middle of the conversation.
The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break.
September 14, 2014 The Brazilian musician and composer says his life has been a succession of serendipitous moments. One of them led to the song that transformed his career — his first hit, "Mas Que Nada."
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/347422111/348511341" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Pianist and composer Joe Sample, seen here at the 2010 Beirut Jazz Festival in Lebanon, has died at age 75.
NABIL MOUNZER/EPA /Landov
September 13, 2014 Heard on songs by musicians from Miles Davis to Tupac Shakur, Joe Sample's music incorporated elements of soul and funk into jazz.
American jazz pianist Horace Silver performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1988.
Frans Schellekens/Redferns/Getty Images
June 18, 2014 He created a rhythmic style that combined R&B, gospel and jazz that became known as "hard bop," and performed with such jazz greats as Stan Getz and Miles Davis.
Courtesy of the artist
August 19, 2013 Known as "one of the great hard bop pianists," Walton was 79. Listen to him perform during a 2010 appearance on NPR's Piano Jazz.
Louis Armstrong, Paris, 1960
Herman Leonard/Herman Leonard Photography/Bloomsbury Publishing
December 16, 2010 A new book of photographs by jazz photographer Herman Leonard shows a mix of the iconic and the unseen moments.
September 10, 2010 Historical photo research points to a man named Steve Frankfurt — the original Don Draper, more or less.
Louis Armstrong, Newport Jazz Festival, 1955
Herman Leonard/Courtesy Herman Leonard Photography, LLC
August 16, 2010 He photographed the greats and gave jazz a visual style.
April 7, 2010 NPR's Research group points you to a post on A Blog Supreme that makes some observations about the NPR Jazz audience.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor