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From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

Listen From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

November 15, 2012 – Hear an eclectic mix of music as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.


Last year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation put the Coltrane Home on a list of the 11 most endangered historic sites in the United States. Now, a group of fans and family has set out to restore it.

Read Making A Home For John Coltrane's Legacy

July 22, 2012 – Ravi Coltrane says his childhood home in Dix Hills represents the power of his father's creativity.


Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19.

Read At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

July 19, 2012 – Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John and Alice) recalls a childhood filled with symphonic music.


John Coltrane.

Read The Story Of 'A Love Supreme'

October 23, 2000 – This work was Coltrane's spiritual declaration that his faith and musical devotion was intertwined.


First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection

Read Early Impulse: A 50-Year Legacy In Jazz

May 13, 2011 – A new box set commemorates the 50th anniversary of the influential jazz label Impulse Records.


Dr. Martin Luther  King Jr. sees off a group of Freedom Riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss., on May 24, 1961.

Read Instruments Of Change: Music Of The Freedom Riders, 50 Years Later WBGO

May 4, 2011 – The dream of social justice resulted in one of the most creative periods in jazz history. WBGO

Tadd Dameron composed a body of work that helped define and expand the parameters of bebop.

Read Tadd Dameron: Bebop Romanticist Jazz24

February 22, 2011 – Dameron composed a body of work that helped define and expand the parameters of bebop. Jazz24

Get the popcorn ready.

Read Jazz At The Movies: 5 Cinematic Covers WESA

February 16, 2011 – Hear songs from Cars, Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs reinterpreted by jazz musicians. WESA

Dave Liebman

Listen Dave Liebman: What Are You Listening To?

November 10, 2010 – The saxophonist says that he often visits John Coltrane's "Crescent," which he calls "pure poetry."


Jaleel Shaw

Listen Jaleel Shaw: What Are You Listening To?

November 10, 2010 – The alto saxophonist has been checking out his employer Roy Haynes' recordings with John Coltrane.


Sidney Bechet

Read Soprano Sax: The Story Of A Skinny Horn Jazz24

October 12, 2010 – Take a quick tour of the soprano sax throughout jazz history with the help of these five songs. Jazz24

With many young talents under his tutelage, Art Blakey has often been called the father of hard bop.

Read A Hard Look At Hard Bop WESA

January 25, 2010 – Evolving out of 1950s bebop, hard bop incorporates gospel, soul and R&B. Hear five classics. WESA

Listen Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' Live, With Strings WBGO

May 7, 2009 – Hear the genre-bending Turtle Island Quartet re-imagine John Coltrane's classic work for strings. WBGO


fallen leaf.

Read A Leaf Falls On Loneliness (For E.E. Cummings) WBGO

November 10, 2008 – Let these five jazz confessionals prepare you for a season of the high lonesome in autumn. WBGO

John Coltrane: stylistic change we can believe in.

Read The Cocktail Party Guide To John Coltrane

September 22, 2008 – Arm yourself for dinner functions with a five-song primer to the iconic saxophonist.

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