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John Coltrane's rapid stylistic evolution was not always admired as it is today: One critic called a 1961 performance "anti-jazz," and the label stuck with his detractors.

Listen John Coltrane: Saxophone Icon, Pt. 2

June 25, 2008 – The saxophonist's restless 1960s exploration made a jazz virtuoso into an American music pioneer.


Listen John Coltrane: Saxophone Icon, Pt. 1

June 18, 2008 – By the late 1950s, the tenor saxophonist's rapid stylistic growth had already produced masterpieces.


Arturo O'Farrill took over the baton of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra from his father, Latin jazz pioneer Chico O'Farrill.

Read Five Albums I Can't Do Without

May 27, 2008 – Arturo O'Farrill, leader of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, picks his five desert-island jazz albums.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Read Play Ball And Play Bop Jazz24

May 12, 2008 – Get into the swing of summer with five jazz songs about the Great American Pastime. Jazz24

The Village Vanguard, 1976.

Read Peak Performances from the Village Vanguard WBGO

May 5, 2008 – Hear five notable glimpses into the world's most famous jazz joint. WBGO

Read Canciones de Amor: Boleros for Your Lover

February 14, 2008 – Just in time for Valentine's Day, listen to five very different boleros.

Listen Music to Fall in Love With

February 13, 2008 – On this edition of All Songs Considered NPR listeners share their favorite love songs.


Read Forget Jewelry: Give Your Love Music WESA

February 13, 2008 – Instead of candies and cards, impress your sweetheart with some music inspired by love. WESA

Read Embraceable You: Songs of Love Jazz24

February 12, 2008 – Hear five lovesick tunes crafted by jazz legends, Broadway hitmakers, and new talents. Jazz24

Autumn in Central Park.

Read Central Park Jazz: Autumn in New York WESA

November 8, 2007 – If you're daydreaming about New York while the leaves change, here's a soundtrack, courtesy of WDUQ. WESA

Listen Turtle Island Quartet Takes on 'A Love Supreme'

April 20, 2007 – David Balakrishnan, Mark Summer discuss how they transformed a jazz masterpiece for string quartet.


Listen Jazz 2005: Kevin Whitehead's Top 10

December 21, 2005 – For lovers of jazz music, the year 2005 brought a wealth of reissues by critical artists.


Listen Unearthing Unknown Monk, Coltrane Recording

October 5, 2005 – Larry Appelbaum of the Library of Congress describes his astounding discovery of a 1957 recording.


Listen New Monk, Coltrane Recording Discovered

September 30, 2005 – A newly unearthed recording captures Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane at the height of their powers.


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