Ralph Peterson

When you ask organist Joey DeFrancesco where the spark of his instrument burns, he’ll tell you right away: organ greats Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, along with his father, “Papa” John DeFrancesco, who took his son at primary-school age into clubs in his hometown of Philadelphia, to sit in with saxophonist Hank Mobley or drummer “Philly” Joe Jones.

Silvia Saponaro

Along with new music by Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy, the Mark Dresser Seven, and a supertrio of Dave Douglas, Uri Caine and Andrew Cyrille. 

Peter Leng Xiong

New Year, New Music: The Winter Jazzfest kicks off this Friday, and Take Five has your Week One field guide.

John Rogers

Take Five celebrates albums by five amazing drummers whose music defies stereotype.