Ring in the new year with live jazz. NPR and WBGO present great jazz concerts from coast to coast all night long. This year's show is hosted from the new Yoshi's in San Francisco, where the Count Basie Orchestra will count down to midnight.
The Word features some of jam-rock's biggest names, including pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph, keyboardist John Medeski and the members of North Mississippi Allstars. Hear The Word perform a concert from WXPN and the Electric Factory in Philadelphia.
Mozart's The Magic Flute has been delighting children of all ages ever since its smash premiere more than 200 years back, with a story that seems made for kids but still leaves grown-ups with plenty to contemplate. The Washington National Opera's fanciful production is a brilliant way to ring in the operatic New Year.
Washington National Opera on World of Opera -- 'The Magic Flute'
In terms of integrity, Tyner is the same pianist today as he was with John Coltrane in the '60s. Tyner plays with color, like a big abstract painting, and dances with rhythm. Hear a concert recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland, Calif., with special guest Joe Lovano.
Rock-music veterans whose careers span more than 25 years, The Smithereens' members combine the sounds of Buddy Holly and The Beatles with shades of metal and prog-rock. Hear The Smithereens perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Donizetti had already composed more than 60 operas when he wrote Don Pasquale, a brilliant comedy warmed by the composer's trademark touch of gentle pathos. The production is from the Grand Theatre of Geneva.
In a concert at the Howlin' Wolf club, New Orleans musicians celebrate the holidays. Lars Edegran's New Orleans Jazz Band, Don Vappie's Creole Jazz Serenaders, Ellis Marsalis, and singers John Boutte and Topsy Chapman all take part in the holiday cheer.
The funk/soul band mixes percussion, trumpets, guitars, organs and bass, but its key ingredient is Jones' incredibly soulful voice. The group expertly emulates classic '60s and '70s funk. Hear the band perform a concert from WXPN and the Fillmore at the TLA in Philadelphia.
Long before novelist John le Carré mixed political intrigue with a splash of romance, there was Rossini's Maometto Secondo. From Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, hear the story that pits love against loyalty in a city divided by war.
Jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini sails like an angel on top of a song, while Freddy Cole's baritone voice rides low, full of experience but still sentimental. Hear them both in a concert recorded live for JazzSet.
Three legends of jazz piano share the stage with younger stars in the 18th edition of an annual NPR holiday tradition, recorded live at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Luisa Miller was named simply, after its main character, but it was inspired by a play with a title that pretty much sums up Verdi's opera: Intrigue and Love. The production is from the Bavarian State Opera.
Bavarian State Opera on World of Opera -- 'Luisa Miller'
A gifted arranger and composer whose originals include "C.T.A." and "Gingerbread Boy," Heath has written charts for Chet Baker and Art Blakey. Heath cut his teeth in big bands with Dizzy Gillespie and Howard McGhee, and in this concert from the Blue Note, he's got his own.