Celebrate Jazz Dads with music and stories this Father's Day Jazz Night celebrates dads in the jazz world. Hear tributes from Chick Corea, Bobby and Madison McFerrin, Cory Wong, Catherine Russell and Benny Green in this very special Father's Day episode.

Songs for the fathers: A tribute to Jazz Dads

Songs for the fathers: A tribute to Jazz Dads

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Clockwise from top left: Chick & Armando Corea; Madison & Bobby McFerrin; Luis & Catherine Russell; Benny & Bert Green; Cory Wong & father Luis and Catherine Russell © Catherine Russell Collection, all other photos courtesy of artist hide caption

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Luis and Catherine Russell © Catherine Russell Collection, all other photos courtesy of artist

Clockwise from top left: Chick & Armando Corea; Madison & Bobby McFerrin; Luis & Catherine Russell; Benny & Bert Green; Cory Wong & father

Luis and Catherine Russell © Catherine Russell Collection, all other photos courtesy of artist

When we talk about the "Granddaddies of Jazz," Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie come to mind. Jelly Roll Morton dubiously claimed to have invented the art form thus giving himself that "Father of Jazz" distinction.

But when it comes to some actual fathers — who are bestowing whole traditions of great music and passing it down to their children — those come in many different forms. This Father's Day, we celebrate a variety of dads: well-known musicians, passionate moonlighters and die-hard music fanatics.

We'll hear stories and songs from Bobby and Madison McFerrin, Catherine Russell, Cory Wong, Benny Green and the late Chick Corea — all toasting the "Dads of Jazz."

Set List:

  • Bobby McFerrin feat. Robert McFerrin Sr. "Discipline" (Bobby McFerrin)
  • Madison McFerrin feat. Bobby McFerrin, "Run" (Madison McFerrin)
  • Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (music director: Luis Russell) "After You've Gone" (Henry Creamer, J. Turner Layton)
  • Catherine Russell, "At the Swing Cat's Ball" (Luis Russell, William Campbell)
  • Cory Wong feat. Jon Batiste, "Home" (Cory Wong)
  • Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band, "Armando's Rhumba" (Chick Corea)
  • Benny Green Trio, "Song for My Father" (Horace Silver)

Credits:

Sarah Geledi and Trevor Smith, writers and producers; Ron Scalzo, episode mix; Suraya Mohamed, project manager; Keith Jenkins, vice president of visuals and strategy at NPR Music; Anya Grundmann, executive producer; Christian McBride, host.

Special thanks to Dan Rucinski, Ben Baruch, Jordin Pinkus, Lydia Liebman and Simon Rentner.