The great saxophonist was introduced as "John D. Allen" on Toast of the Nation 1994. This year's broadcast features Allen as the leader of his own hard-charging trio, with special guests Ron Miles on cornet and Henry Butler on piano.
JD Allen Trio in Concert
Billy Taylor died Dec. 28. He was 89.
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The great pianist was also a legendary broadcaster who paved the way for jazz on public radio. NPR Music digs through the archives to remember its late colleague during the annual New Year's Eve live concert celebration Toast of the Nation.
The jazz singer is a powerhouse -- a caretaker of a rich, hearty delivery which goes anywhere she sets her imagination to. In front of a crack staff of modern jazz musicians, she counted down to midnight in Mountain Time and on the West Coast.
Dianne Reeves in Concert on Toast of the Nation 2010-2011
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One lives in New Orleans, where he's taken a teaching post. His friend and mentor remains the godfather of the Chicago jazz scene. But the two tenor saxophonists battle it out, as per annual tradition, at the Green Mill in the Windy City.
Von Freeman and Ed Petersen in Concert on Toast of the Nation 2010-2011
Cyrus Chestnut (left) and Benny Green.
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Start out with two pianists who absolutely command their instruments. Give them a premier bassist and drummer. Then add guests like trumpeter Nicholas Payton and saxophonist Jimmy Heath — an elder statesman of the music — and it becomes a party.
A Celebration in Swing on Toast of the Nation 2010-2011