JazzSet Signs Off From outdoor festivals to concert halls in major cities, JazzSet was there. Hear an intimate, bittersweet farewell, with highlights that span the NPR jazz program's 23-year run.

"It was part of a beautiful, long story," Dee Dee Bridgewater says of hosting JazzSet. "It has been a highlight of my career." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artist

"It was part of a beautiful, long story," Dee Dee Bridgewater says of hosting JazzSet. "It has been a highlight of my career."

Courtesy of the artist

The JazzSet Finale

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/353256144/353256657" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

From outdoor festivals to concert halls in major cities, JazzSet was there, recording performances for a nationally-syndicated radio program. In this series finale, host Dee Dee Bridgewater and producer Becca Pulliam relive memories and musical highlights from the show's 23-year run. We look back on artists who were featured on JazzSet early in their careers, like Roy Hargrove and an early incarnation of the Dave Holland Quintet, and share live broadcasts from the Newport Jazz, Mount Hood and Detroit Jazz festivals. We also share memories of jazz pianist and spokesman Dr. Billy Taylor, who hosted the first NPR jazz program.

There are too many highlights to mention in one program, but we do our best in this intimate, bittersweet farewell. On behalf of the entire JazzSet team, we thank you for lending us your ears and hearts for the last two decades.

Set List

  • "Permit Me To Introduce You To Yourself" (Silver): Dee Dee Bridgewater, voice; Thierry Eliez, piano; Hein van de Geyn, bass; André Ceccarelli, drums
  • "Roy Allan" (Hargrove): Roy Hargrove, trumpet; Peter Martin, piano; Rodney Whitaker, bass; Gregory Hutchinson, drums
  • "San Francisco Holiday" (Monk): Kenny Drew Jr., piano
  • "What A Difference A Day Makes" (Grever, Adams): Joe Williams, voice; Norman Simmons, piano; Larry Gray, bass; Gerryck King, drums
  • "Sex In A Pan" (V. Wooten): Béla Fleck, banjo; Chick Corea, piano; Jeff Coffin, tenor saxophone; Victor Wooten, electric bass; Roy Wooten, drumitar
  • "April In Paris" (Duke, Harburg): Kurt Elling, voice; Laurence Hobgood, piano; Darek Oles, bass; Herb Graham Jr., drums
  • "Metamorphose" (R. Eubanks): Chris Potter, soprano sax; Robin Eubanks, trombone; Steve Nelson, vibes; Dave Holland, bass; Billy Kilson, drums
  • "Motherland": John Blake, Jr., violin; Sumi Tonooka, piano; Stefon Harris, vibes; Boris Koslov, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums
  • "Cryin' Blues" (Mingus): Douglas Yates, Vincent Herring: alto sax; Wayne Escoffery, Abraham Burton: tenor sax; Lauren Sevian, baritone sax; Randy Brecker, Kenny Rampton, Earl Gardner: trumpet; Ku-Umba Frank Lacy, Conrad Herwig: trombone; Earl Mcintyre, bass trombone and tuba; David Kikoski, piano; Boris Kozlov, bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums
  • "Hackensack" (Monk): Eric Reed, piano; Barak Mori, bass; Quincy Davis, drums
  • "If You Really Are Concerned" (Taylor): Dee Dee Bridgewater, voice; Cyrus Chestnut, piano; Stefon Harris, vibes; Chip Jackson, bass; Winard Harper, drums
  • "Alma Adentro" (Sylvia Rexach); Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone; Luis Perdomo, piano; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Henry Cole, drums; Nathalie Joachim, Jessica Schmitz, Domenica Fossati: flutes; Alexey Gorokholinsky, Christof Knoche: clarinets; Katie Scheele, oboe; Keve Wilson, English horn; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Jennifer Kessler, Ian D. Donald: French horns
  • "Four Women" (Simone; arr. Gomez): Dee Dee Bridgewater, voice; Edsel Gomez, piano; Ira Coleman, bass; Vince Cherico, Luisito Quintero: percussion
  • "Transformation" (Bejerano): Martin Bejerano, piano; Edward Perez, bass; Ludwig Afonso, drums
[+] read more[-] less

More From Jazz

Nico van der Stam/Octave Music

Into the Vault: Erroll Garner Uncovered

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Take an essential and unprecedented glimpse into the music and life of the groundbreaking pianist-composer.

Into the Vault: Erroll Garner Uncovered

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/656189856/656604367" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Pat Metheny. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Pat Metheny On Piano Jazz

On this episode, The Pat Metheny Trio, which includes bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez, performs an exclusive version of "Go Get It" and "Bright Size Life."

Pat Metheny On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/649963580/649988817" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Ingrid Hertfelder/Courtesy of the artist

Michel Camilo On Piano Jazz

Hear Grammy-winning pianist, composer and bandleader Michel Camilo demonstrate his whirlwind approach to music, technical brilliance and post-bop Latin rhythms.

Michel Camilo On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/647914078/647930411" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Soprano Eileen Farrell Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Eileen Farrell On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1993, she shares her tremendous vocal range on "How High the Moon" and "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning."

Eileen Farrell On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/645639983/645646714" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Peter Symes/Redferns

Gene Harris On Piano Jazz

On this 1988 Piano Jazz episode, Harris opens with a slow and easy "Black and Blue," then McPartland joins him on "Bag's Groove."

Gene Harris On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/643301657/643308374" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Stefon Harris Elizabeth Leitzell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Elizabeth Leitzell/Courtesy of the artist

Stefon Harris On Piano Jazz

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris is one of the most innovative and impressive artists in jazz, blazing new trails on vibraphone and marimba.

Stefon Harris On Piano Jazz

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/639381859/639391660" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top