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A Century Later, An Illuminated Eulogy For A Jazz Pioneer

Pianist Jason Moran calls James Reese Europe "basically the 'big bang' of jazz." Moran's tribute to the composer and WWI "Hellfighter" pulls his contributions to the genre out of history.


At 80, Saxophonist Charles Lloyd Finds Enlightenment in the Groove

In this episode of Jazz Night in America, we get a taste of Lloyd's collaboration with Lucinda Williams, along with choice moments from his recent appearances at Lincoln Center.


Women In Jazz? For Artemis, It's Bigger Than A Cause

The "all-female" framework is both integral to the jazz supergroup Artemis and somehow beside the point.


Matthew Herbert Sets The EU To Music With His Brexit Big Band

The British musician is on a tour of Europe, apologizing for Brexit, the plan by Britain's government to leave the EU. The last performance is scheduled for the same day leaders are gathering to finalize a potential Brexit deal.

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Notations From — Julius Rodriguez, Part I of II

KMHD's Deborah DeMoss Smith, host of Second Line from 11am-1pm on Sundays, talks with pianist/drummer Julius Rodriguez.


'Mingus: Jazz In Detroit' Catches A Giant At A Moment Full Of Possibility

A newly released recording of a 1973 concert opens a window into the volatile bassist's career at a moment of transition, but also a compelling and largely unknown chapter in Detroit jazz history.


Roy Hargrove, Grammy-Winning Jazz Trumpeter, Dies At 49

Hargrove died after suffering cardiac arrest on Saturday morning.


Chick Corea: Back In Boston

The legendary pianist has lived many lives as a musician, from post-bop wunderkind to free-jazz maverick to fusion explorer to chamber-jazz eminence.


Nicholas Payton Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

After back-to-back performances in South Africa, Argentina, Chile and New York, Payton hit the Tiny Desk, where he dazzled the audience, simultaneously playing his trumpet and a Fender Rhodes.

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Sun Ra at the Portland Art Museum

"To Sun Ra, Outer Space was not an escapist fantasy―it was a place where society, culture, and beliefs are reimagined to give power to the oppressed."