November 3, 2017 Jazz Night in America takes you to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, where the hard-bop drummer celebrated his debut as a band leader and talked about fond memories and favorite sessions.
Louis Hayes Celebrates His 80th Birthday In A Packed Jazz Club
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Join October 27, 2017 Jazz Night in America on a visit to Clarksdale, Miss., where struggling musicians are reaping the benefits of blues tourism.
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As music director for the distinguished festival, Iyer united jazz and classical artists with a passion for spontaneity.
October 20, 2017
The pianist and composer shares his insights on growing up in apartheid-era South Africa and what freedom means to him today.
October 13, 2017
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The vocalists brought '30s gypsy swing and modern Afro-Cuban influences to their 2017 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest performances.
September 28, 2017
Cyrille Aimée And Daymé Arocena Make Jazz Their Own
John Boutté and Shannon Powell.
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New Orleans is a place where you throw a parade for a funeral, where joyful music is found in struggle. In this concert documentary, two local legends show off their hometown pride.
October 27, 2016
Eddie Palmieri plays
Harlem River Drive live.
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Palmieri's classic Latin funk album remains relevant 45 years later. This performance shows why.
December 9, 2016
'Percussionista' Cyro Baptista
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The Brazilian percussionist lives by the philosophy of "cultural cannibalism" — eating, digesting and regurgitating culture and information to create experimental music.
November 10, 2016
Billy Strayhorn (right), spent the majority of his career as a composer and arranger for Duke Ellington (left) and his orchestra.
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The composer was remarkable not only for his harmonically rich collaborations with Duke Ellington, but for living as an openly gay black man in the 1940s.
November 3, 2016
The Lush Life Of Billy Strayhorn
Herbie Hancock performs at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
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Herbie Hancock and his latest band push the boundaries of jazz in a concert at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in New York City.
October 20, 2016
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This special summer festival episode features a clever synthesis of hip-hop, R&B and soul, recorded live across two music festivals in New York City.
August 11, 2017
Aww Yeah, Summertime — With The Robert Glasper Experiment
Scofield's albums July 28, 2017 Loud Jazz and Quiet were both genuine expressions of his flexible musical personality. In this program, he performs a retrospective that bridges the difference.
Jared Grimes performs a tap routine during Spaces at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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Tap dancer Jared Grimes and street dancer Lil Buck embody animals in Marsalis' new jazz suite.
October 7, 2016
Ray Charles and Marian McPartland.
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Trumpeter Kenny Rampton launched his career on the road with the great performer. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, he presents Ray's music in the most authentic way he can.
July 1, 2016
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Oliver Jones may be the most famous living jazz pianist you've never heard of. But in Canada, Oliver Jones is a champion for jazz — adored in his native Quebec and across the country.
October 13, 2016
Oliver Jones: A Canadian Jazz Legend Heads Home
Joshua Redman on saxophone, Scott Colley on bass, Brian Blade on drums and Ron Miles on cornet perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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The saxophonist opens up about the legacy of his father, Dewey Redman, and performs with Still Dreaming — his own nod to the quartet his dad once helped convene as an homage to Ornette Coleman.
June 22, 2017
The vibraphonist announced his retirement at 74 with little warning. Still in possession of his quicksilver fluidity and deep intuition, he spoke with June 9, 2017 Jazz Night during his farewell tour.
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The Great Kai and J.J., 1960 .
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Among J.J. Johnson's greatest recordings pair him with fellow trombonist Kai Winding. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, Vincent Gardner takes on the music of his instrument's bebop pioneer.
August 5, 2016
The Eminence Of J.J. Johnson, And His Partnership With Kai Winding
Buster Williams performs at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
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The low end has always been terra firma for Williams, one of the all-time great bassists in modern jazz. Hear highlights of a recent set with his post-bop ensemble, Something More.
May 18, 2017
Buster Williams: The Low End Maestro
Nathaniel Cross on trombone, Binker Golding on tenor saxophone, Moses Boyd on drums and Theon Cross on tuba perform at SXSW in March 2017.
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Players like Moses Boyd, Shabaka Hutchings and Sarathy Korwar drive London's jazz scene forward with sounds from around the world. In March, SXSW hosted all three for an up-to-the minute dispatch.
May 12, 2017
Get To Know London's Thriving Jazz Scene (By Way Of Austin, Texas)
Dee Dee Bridgewater performs at Jazz At Lincoln Center.
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In words as well as music, hear how seriously Bridgewater takes her role as a music mentor and how it connects to her own experience in the jazz lineage.
April 27, 2017
Dee Dee Bridgewater: Fearless And Free
2017 NEA Jazz Masters Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (not pictured: Ira Gitler) at the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Dinner, sponsored by BMI, on April 2, 2017.
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Hear how the artists honored by the NEA this year — Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman and Ira Gitler — earned their stripes and paid their jazz dues.
April 20, 2017
The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words
Arturo O'Farrill leads the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in concert.
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An economic blockade between the U.S. and Cuba didn't prevent jazz from traveling between the countries. But what if the dialogue could flow freely? The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra wanted to find out.
October 22, 2015
The eminent pianist was the guest of honor at this year's Panama Jazz Festival. His quintet performs, and host Christian McBride speaks with the great musician.
July 1, 2016