How do you honor the pinnacles of jazz achievement? Mostly Other People Do The Killing and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa offer two invigorating, provocative, and very different, answers.
It's three female singers, in three cities - Gretchen Parlato in NYC, Camila Meza in Newark, and Katie Thiroux in Boston - this week. What do they have in common? It's all live, and it's all for you.
It's an all-piano inspirations special, with new music from Jean-Michel Pilc and David Virelles, and Jamie Cullum's "Interludes" live at WBGO.
It's an all-live special, as Guitarists Nels Cline & Julian Lage duet at WBGO, and Igmar Thomas's Revive Big Band tears up the Berklee College of Music's Café 939 in Boston.
Pianist Aaron Goldberg explores the moment that makes jazz arise on The Now, and Monk Competition-winning trumpeter Marquis Hill leads his Blacktet ensemble live at WBGO.
It's a New York Winter Jazz Fest preview with The Celllar and Point's Joseph Branciforte, guitarist Anthony Pirog, and Brazilian Explorative Music curator and singer Pedro Sa Moraes.
Saxophonist Steve Lehman & NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon join The Checkout's Simon Rentner to pick the best CDs of 2014.
Guitarist Matt Stevens' quintet live at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks live at WBGO and saxophonist Walter Smith III's surprising inspirations.
Blue Note Records' president Don Was, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and bassist Derrick Hodge talk about their music and the future of the iconic jazz label.
Akinmusire and Hodge are members of "Our Point Of View," a Blue Note supergroup with Marcus Strickland on saxophone, Robert Glasper on piano, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Marcus Strickland on saxophone and Kendrick Scott on drums.