Courtesy of the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival

For a certain type of music fan, the 2020 Big Ears Festival was one of the first American casualties of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fest, which takes place in Knoxville, Tenn., announced its cancelation a few weeks before its scheduled run in March. During the months since, the Big Ears team has rallied and regrouped around an online presence.

Dave Kaufman

Jazzfest Berlin has seen its share of changes since first taking flight, as Berliner Jazztage, in 1964.


Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been sorely missing live music. But in at least one sense, we haven’t lost the experience of real-time musical exchange.

Jonathan Chimene / WBGO

Rio Sakairi, Artistic Director at The Jazz Gallery, didn’t exactly come running into the age of virtual concert presentation.

“If I’m speaking honestly, I’m only doing this because people have been asking for it,” she says of the club’s new livestream, which kicks off tonight with a set by the Joel Ross Trio. “I’m not crazy about it. But I know the musicians are craving to play with each other, so for that, it’s great.”

Stacy Kimball

Artistry and activism have always been fully entwined in the music of Vijay Iyer.

So it should come as no surprise that he sees his livestream trio engagement at The Village Vanguard this weekend as a chance to engage with our cultural moment, and the topic of systemic racism. During a recent phone interview, Iyer reflected on what form that commentary might take.

Courtesy of The Village Vanguard

Last Friday, Deborah Gordon set foot in The Village Vanguard for the first time in almost 12 weeks.

Richard Conde

To support its COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund, the Jazz Foundation of America is pulling out all the stops.

Frank Stewart / Jazz at Lincoln Center

In addition to artist livestreams, an array of venues and organizations have been releasing concerts from their archives.



Courtesy of the artist

Thana Alexa had it all mapped out. 

Her new album, ONA, was set to launch her solo career to new heights. She was featured — with her husband, drummer Antonio Sánchez — on the cover of DownBeat magazine. Then the coronavirus put her nationwide tour on hold, along with countless other gigs around the world.

But out of that chaos came another opportunity: co-producing Live From Our Living Rooms, the world’s first fully livestreamed jazz festival.

Frank Stewart / Jazz at Lincoln Center

Over the last week, leading jazz organizations on both coasts initiated new digital programming for our socially distanced reality.

Courtesy of the artist

Many of us have recently spent an inordinate amount of time experiencing live music through our screens.