'Jazz Night in America' Season Two Begins Sept. 24; Schedule Available Now Wayne Shorter, George Wein, Marquis Hill and more jazz greats featured in the show's new season. Schedule of radio and video docs recorded in cities around the U.S. available now.
NPR logo 'Jazz Night in America' Season Two Begins Sept. 24; Schedule Available Now

'Jazz Night in America' Season Two Begins Sept. 24; Schedule Available Now

In 2014, Jazz Night In America brought Blue Note Records supergroup Our Point of View to NYC for a special performance celebrating the label's 75th anniversary. Pictured (l-r) are Robert Glasper, Kendrick Scott, Derrick Hodge and Marcus Strickland. screenshot via Jazz Night in America/NPR hide caption

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In 2014, Jazz Night In America brought Blue Note Records supergroup Our Point of View to NYC for a special performance celebrating the label's 75th anniversary. Pictured (l-r) are Robert Glasper, Kendrick Scott, Derrick Hodge and Marcus Strickland.

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'Jazz Night in America' With Host Christian McBride Swings Into Season Two Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Schedule of Concert Documentary Videos & Weekly Radio Shows Featuring Wayne Shorter, George Wein, Arturo O'Farrill, Marquis Hill & Other Top Jazz Artists

New YouTube Channel Offers Signature Jazz Night Videos Interviews, Concerts & More

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September 17, 2015 – The program setting a new jazz standard returns next week with a fresh schedule of shows about the most dynamic people and events in jazz today. Jazz Night in America Season Two premieres on September 24 with new radio and video episodes available Thursdays at npr.org/jazznight and from public radio stations around the country.

In Season Two, Jazz Night in America will take audiences on a tour of the country to join the artists defining and redefining the genre as they find new expressions of the music, build the next anthology of jazz standards and experience watershed moments in the genre's history. The Season opens with special coverage of Wayne Shorter's career-spanning performance as the featured soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In this episode of the weekly radio show and a companion video documentary, Jazz Night in America visits the home of the renowned jazz composer and saxophonist to capture his trailblazing career and his musical (and extra-musical) ideas.

Jazz Night in America Season Two Schedule

  • September 24, 2015: Wayne Shorter's career-spanning performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • October 1, 2015: George Wein 90th birthday interview special with recordings from his Newport Jazz Festival
  • October 8, 2015: Jason Moran and The Big Bandwagon tribute to Thelonius Monk at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • October 15, 2015: TBA
  • October 22, 2015: Arturo O'Farrill brings together American and Cuban musicians in a tribute to Afro-Cuban music during a performance from The Conversation Continued at Symphony Space in New York
  • October 29, 2015: TBA
  • November 5, 2015: Thelonious Monk Competition-winning Trumpeter Marquis Hill performs with his band the Blacktet at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago
  • November 12, 2015: TBA
  • November 19, 2015: Pat Mallinger, Cameron Pfiffner and the Sabertooth Organ Quartet at Chicago's Green Mill club, where they perform every Saturday from Midnight to 5 a.m.
  • November 26, 2015: TBA
  • December 3, 2015: Keyboardist and composer Wayne Horvitz at the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle
  • December 10, 2015: TBA
  • December 17, 2015: The young, driven artists of Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Scroll down for detailed episode descriptions.

The multi-platform program – produced by an ensemble of the country's leading jazz programmers, NPR Music, WBGO and Jazz at Lincoln Center – introduces two new video elements this fall. Bi-weekly, half-hour concert documentaries take viewers behind the scenes of the performances featured on the radio show that week. Throughout the season, special video shorts will capture important moments in jazz, including the 90th birthday of George Wein, creator of the Newport Jazz Festival. In addition, Christian McBride, the multiple Grammy Award-winning musician and host of Jazz Night in America, will continue his monthly jazz segments on All Things Considered, NPR's flagship program airing on more than 700 stations in the U.S.

In this new season, Jazz Night in America Season Two will bring audiences music and behind-the-scenes stories from DC Jazz Fest and the Panama Jazz Festival, visit renowned funk band Snarky Puppy in the group's hometown of Dallas, and join McBride in his hometown of Philadelphia. The full 2016 programming schedule – including visits to Boston, New Orleans, Panama City, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. cities – will be released later this fall.

Jazz Night in America Season One brought listeners the best jazz happening around the U.S. - the Blue Note Records 75th anniversary concert at the Kennedy Center; a world premiere of new music composed by Wynton Marsalis, music from Kamasi Washington's release party for his new album The Epic; broadcasts from jazz festivals in cities around the country; and a live jazz performance event at the Woodlawn Cemetery, the resting place for many of the genre's greats, as part of the citywide Make Music New York festival. The Season included performances by 240 musicians from 20 venues around the country and 130 original artist interviews. Many of these videos captured in Season One are available now at the new Jazz Night in America YouTube channel.

NPR Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center and WBGO launched Jazz Night in America in October 2014 to connect audiences with the most inspiring performances, artists and stories in jazz. The multi-platform initiative showcases today's thriving jazz scene across all public radio platforms - a national radio program and video webcasts from venues around the country, features in NPR's national news programming, and coverage at NPR Music's award-winning A Blog Supreme all available at npr.org/jazznight. The Jazz Night in America radio show is produced at WBGO studios in Newark, NJ, and is heard on more than 140 NPR stations nationwide.


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Full Season Two Schedule

  • Sept. 24: Wayne's World (radio + video). Wayne Shorter, 82, is widely acknowledged as of jazz's most important composers, as well as one of its premier saxophonists. He's also one of its most original thinkers, whose inspirations can be short as one sentence or as broad as a musing about the nature of the universe. Jazz Night catches him as a featured soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, where band members devised special arrangements from his extensive catalog. And we travel to his home to hear more about his musical inspirations.
  • Oct. 1: Wein's World (radio + video short). Impresario, producer, musician, jazz fanatic: Such are the many titles of George Wein. The man who started the Newport Jazz Festival — and changed concertgoing forever — turns 90 this month, and Jazz Night visited him for a career-spanning interview. On air, we hear his handpicked selections from the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, featuring Tom Harrell, Bria Skonberg and Scott Robinson. And online, see a short documentary about his legacy.
  • Oct. 8: Jason Moran's 'In My Mind: Monk At Town Hall, 1959' (radio + video)."Thelonious Monk is the most important musician. Period!" That's pianist Jason Moran on "the first pianist who made me want to be a pianist." So Moran decided to present a personal reflection on Monk's music, reconfiguring the 1959 large ensemble concert that Monk presented at Town Hall in New York City. Ever the interdisciplinary thinker, Moran also gathered photographs and archival audio recordings to present a visual companion piece to his new arrangements. In time for Monk's birthday anniversary, Jazz Night takes in the full multimedia presentation that is 'In My Mind' from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct. 15: To Be Announced (radio).
  • Oct. 22: Cuba: The Conversation Continued (radio + video). In the last 12 months, composer and bandleader Arturo O'Farrill has been to Havana twice: once to witness the reopening of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and once to record a new album. Cuba: The Conversation Continued, continues his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra's mission to expand what it means to be "Latin jazz" with bold new ideas. It also continues the work of his father, the composer-arranger Chico O'Farrill, who left Havana for New York City and helped to pioneer Afro-Cuban jazz in the first place. Jazz Night speaks with Arturo after he presented music from The Conversation Continued live at Symphony Space in New York.
  • Oct. 29: Repeat (radio). Kamasi Washington performs at the release party of The Epic in Los Angeles.
  • Nov. 5: The Marquis Hill Blacktet In Chicago (radio + video). Trumpeter Marquis Hill has shot to international renown recently, especially after winning the Thelonious Monk Competition — a sort of international Heisman Trophy for young jazz artists. But it takes a village to raise a musician. Jazz Night caught up with Hill when he returned to his native Chicago for a string of shows, touring his old South Side haunts, interviewing his old teachers and catching a rehearsal. Then we got to see it all come together at the Jazz Showcase downtown in a performance by Hill's tight working band, the Blacktet.
  • Nov. 12: To Be Announced (radio)(video coming in December).
  • Nov. 19: Sabertooth Saturday Night (radio + video). Every year for about 23 years, one group has held down a midnight to 5 a.m. gig on Saturday nights (or Sunday mornings). It's a quirky band, co-led by saxophonist Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, which swings hard (and a little off-kilter) for hardcore fans, the rowdy drunks and the musicians coming off their own gigs. And it happens in the jazz haven of Chicago, in a club called the Green Mill which doesn't look to have changed much since its days as a Prohibition-era speakeasy.Jazz Night follows Pat and Cameron to the gig, then stays up all night with the Sabertooth organ quartet.
  • Nov. 26: Repeat (radio).
  • Dec. 3: Wayne Horvitz And The Seattle Scene (radio + video). The keyboardist and composer Wayne Horvitz first made his name in New York, but for over 20 years, he's been synonymous with his adopted hometown of Seattle. He's one of the key players of the city's improvised music community — as a performer, a bandleader, a venue operator, and a teacher at several levels. Jazz Night returns to Seattle to track his influence on the city's jazz ecosystem through his students, his collaborators, and a concert he leads during the annual Earshot Jazz Festival of music inspired by late local poet Richard Hugo.

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