provided by:

Jazz archive

The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording.

Read Wade In The Water: 5 Jazz Takes On Spirituals WFIU

December 5, 2013 – The African-American folk songs, a byproduct of slavery, were later embraced by many improvisers. WFIU

Keith Jarrett circa 1986.

Read 27 Years Ago, Keith Jarrett Was A One-Man Band

December 3, 2013 – In 1986, the iconic jazz pianist experimented with drums, bass and guitar in his home studio.


The Stars Look Very Different Today, the new album from bassist and composer Ben Allison (far right) and his band, comes out Dec. 3.

Read Ben Allison: Leading A Stellar Band Far Beyond The World

December 1, 2013 – Jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison discusses his new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today.


Jon Batiste (second from left) and the Stay Human band.

Read Bringing Jazz On Walkabout: Jon Batiste And Stay Human

December 1, 2013 – The pianist, a member of a Louisiana musical dynasty, performs live with his freewheeling band.


Eddie Gomez.

Listen Eddie Gomez On Piano Jazz

November 29, 2013 – Hear the former Bill Evans Trio bassist play "Stella by Starlight" with host Marian McPartland.

Chico Hamilton.

Watch Drummer Chico Hamilton, West Coast Jazz Pioneer, Dies

November 26, 2013 – A linchpin of "cool" jazz, especially with his own '50s and '60s bands, he was 92.


Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding in her video 'We Are America."

Read Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

November 22, 2013 – The Grammy-winning musician tells NPR why she felt compelled to speak up about the detention center.


Kenny Werner.

Listen Kenny Werner On Piano Jazz

November 22, 2013 – The pianist turns brilliant technique into unbridled creativity. Hear an interview and performance.

Mauro Ottolini at the Umbria Jazz Festival.

Listen Highlights From The Umbria Jazz Festival On JazzSet WBGO

November 21, 2013 – Hear a science-fiction tale and a bandoneonist, recorded live at the 40-year-old Italian festival. WBGO


Paris 1969, from the late Thelonious Monk, comes out Nov. 26.

Read First Listen: Thelonious Monk, 'Paris 1969'

November 17, 2013 – An international jazz star plays a 3,000-seat concert hall in France. Here's what happens.

Anthony Strong.

Watch A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook

November 17, 2013 – Anthony Strong, 29, went from session musician to starring act in the classic jazz-pop mold.


Ted Nash's new album, Chakra, is out now.

Read 'Something That Is Very Real For Me': Ted Nash Completes His 'Chakra'

November 16, 2013 – The jazz composer embarked on a spiritual journey and created a record steeped in Hindu beliefs.


Robert Glasper.

Listen Robert Glasper On Piano Jazz

November 15, 2013 – Glasper jams with host Marian McPartland on Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" in a 2006 session.

Amir ElSaffar performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Listen Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers On JazzSet WBGO

November 14, 2013 – The trumpeter mixes instruments from both sides of the world at the Newport Jazz Festival. WBGO


NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor