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Abdullah Ibrahim: How Improvisation Saved My Life | Oct. 13, 2017 2 a.m.

The pianist and composer shares his insights on growing up in apartheid-era South Africa and what freedom means to him today.


Tyshawn Sorey, A Musical Shapeshifter, Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Prize

NPR | Oct. 11, 2017 5:43 a.m.

The wide-ranging composer, drummer, pianist and trombonist has been defying easy category since childhood. Now only 37 years old, he's just getting started.


After Midnight: Thelonious Monk At 100

NPR | Oct. 10, 2017 5:27 p.m.

Misunderstood early in his career, the jazz pianist and composer — born Oct. 10, 1917 — came to have a massive effect on American music.


Grady Tate, Prodigious Jazz Drummer And Noted Vocalist, Dies At 85

NPR | Oct. 10, 2017 2:29 p.m.

The drummer was a first call for many of the finest singers of the 1960s and '70s, including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Peggy Lee.


Holly Hofmann On Piano Jazz

NPR | Oct. 6, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Hear the classically trained flutist bring her bluesy style to this 2002 episode, featuring a performance with Marian McPartland.


Dave Douglas On Piano Jazz

NPR | Sept. 22, 2017 8:33 a.m.

The boundary-pushing trumpeter plays Mary Lou Williams tunes with Marian McPartland in 2000.


Shocking Omissions: Matana Roberts' Sublime And Triumphant 'River Run Thee'

NPR | Sept. 18, 2017 7 a.m.

On River Run Thee, Roberts immerses herself and the listener in a history of anguish, and channels it all into a magnetic unity, a postmodern opus.


Veronica Nunn On Piano Jazz

NPR | Sept. 15, 2017 11:03 a.m.

Hear the jazz singer demonstrate her soulful technique in this 2008 episode hosted by Marian McPartland.

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An Interview with GoGo Penguin

KMHD Jazz Radio | Sept. 14, 2017 9:45 a.m.

Listen to an interview with GoGo Penguin pianist Chris Illingworth ahead of the band's performance with the Mattson 2 at Portland's Star Theater.


Songs We Love: Sarah Elizabeth Charles, 'Change To Come'

NPR | Sept. 14, 2017 9 a.m.

Inspired by the death of Eric Garner, the jazz singer asks an essential question in the spacious track, featuring trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: "What is needed for the change to come?"