Jazz Night In America: The Radio ProgramEvery week, hear great performances from around the country — and the stories behind them.

Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

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From bebop to hip-hop: Gary Bartz's sax sound shapes many eras

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Gary Bartz shares stories from his sixty-plus-year career, covering everything from bebop to hip-hop. Hear a heartfelt conversation between the legendary saxophonist and host Christian McBride.

From bebop to hip-hop: Gary Bartz's sax sound shapes many eras

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Honoring the iconic blues and ironic humor of Mose Allison

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The tribute project Anything Mose! breathes new life into the music of the late Mose Allison. We peer inside his blend of blues and jazz with ironic lyrics, and get stories from Allison's widow.

Honoring the iconic blues and ironic humor of Mose Allison

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The sunshine of guitarist Cory Wong

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Hear a funky set from guitarist Cory Wong and the Wongnotes from the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival, plus stories from Cory about his past, process and the evolution of the Minneapolis Sound.

The sunshine of guitarist Cory Wong

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Ron Carter at 85: tracks and stories from the life of a record-setting bassist

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To celebrate bassist Ron Carter's 85th birthday, hear a conversation with Ron and our host Christian McBride with music handpicked from Ron Carter's storied discography.

Ron Carter at 85: tracks and stories from the life of a record-setting bassist

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The nouveau swing of Donald Harrison Jr., Big Chief and NEA Jazz Master

Hear stories from New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr.'s upbringing, words from his mentee, drummer Joe Dyson, and a performance on his home turf recorded at Snug Harbor.

The nouveau swing of Donald Harrison Jr., Big Chief and NEA Jazz Master

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Stanley Clarke performs at the Jazz Festival Basel, on November 1, 2017 in Switzerland. Goffredo Loertscher/WBGOhide caption

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Stanley Clarke – The Virtuoso Bass Doubler is now an NEA Jazz Master

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Jazz Night profiles bassist, composer, producer, arranger and 2022 NEA Jazz Master Stanley Clarke. Hear stories from his collaborators and travel through sonic landmarks in Clarke's storied career.

Stanley Clarke – The Virtuoso Bass Doubler is now an NEA Jazz Master

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Jabali, Drummer Billy Hart – Master Teacher, Forever Student, and NEA Jazz Master

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Jazz Night profiles drummer, composer, educator, & 2022 NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart. Hear stories from his upbringing, words from his mentees, & a performance from Hart's quartet live at Dizzy's Club.

Jabali, Drummer Billy Hart – Master Teacher, Forever Student, and NEA Jazz Master

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Cassandra Wilson: Subtle singer, subversive songwriter and 2022 NEA Jazz Master

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Jazz Night profiles singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist and 2022 NEA Jazz Master Cassandra Wilson. Hear tracks from her expansive catalog and listen to stories about her inspiring musical path.

Cassandra Wilson: Subtle singer, subversive songwriter and 2022 NEA Jazz Master

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Shirley Horn: The queen of silence and anticipation

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We celebrate Women's History Month with a spotlight on Miss Shirley Horn, via a 1991 concert featuring special guests Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Toots Thielemans and more.

Shirley Horn: The queen of silence and anticipation

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The gospel according to Damien Sneed

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Hear music from jazz and gospel pianist/vocalist Damien Sneed and how he got his start in Augusta, GA and went onto work with Wynton Marsalis and give piano lessons to Aretha Franklin.

The gospel according to Damien Sneed

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Crate Digging: McCoy Tyner's never-before-heard set at the Village Vanguard

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We're crate-digging to examine the legacy of the late pianist McCoy Tyner, uncovering a concert gem recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1997.

Crate Digging: McCoy Tyner's never-before-heard set at the Village Vanguard

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Singer Bobby McFerrin performs at The 39th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell - Day 6 at The New Orleans Fair Grounds on May 3, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagichide caption

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Bobby McFerrin reflects on going from the hotel bar to prescribing 'medicine music'

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Host Christian McBride talks with vocalist and 2020 NEA Jazz Master Bobby McFerrin. We'll hear tracks from his vast catalog, stories from his illustrious career, and an impromptu jam with Christian.

Bobby McFerrin reflects on going from the hotel bar to prescribing 'medicine music'

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In memoriam: Jazz Night In America remembers the icons we lost in 2021

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We remember some of the luminaries we lost this year: Chick Corea; Milford Graves; Dr. Lonnie Smith; Pat Martino; Dottie Dodgion; Howard Johnson; Slide Hampton; Curtis Fuller; and Ralph Peterson Jr.

In memoriam: Jazz Night In America remembers the icons we lost in 2021

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The 'Jazz Night' before Christmas with Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum and José James

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! We're giving you the gift of Christmas music from three of your favorite jazz singer-songwriters: Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones and José James.

The 'Jazz Night' before Christmas with Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum and José James

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West Side Story: How two jazz artists continue to reinvent the Bernstein classic

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Leonard Bernstein composed West Side Story more than 60 years ago — today, we examine that vibrant work through the lens of two jazz artists, drummer Bobby Sanabria and saxophonist Ted Nash.

West Side Story: How two jazz artists continue to reinvent the Bernstein classic

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Strata-East at 50: How a revolutionary record label put control in artists' hands

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To celebrate their 50-year anniversary, we trace the history and legacy of the independent jazz record label Strata-East founded by trumpeter Charles Tolliver and the late pianist Stanley Cowell.

Strata-East at 50: How a revolutionary record label put control in artists' hands

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Drummer and local legend Mel Brown endures as the humble godfather of Portland jazz

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Portland drummer Mel Brown shares some Motown stories from the 1970s, and of how he returned to his hometown in order to build its scene. Also: a 2019 set from the Montavilla Jazz Festival.

Drummer and local legend Mel Brown endures as the humble godfather of Portland jazz

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In Central Park, mid-pandemic, jazz was alive atop sacred ground

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Join us for an impromptu concert series in the heart of Central Park, titled Walk With The Wind and featuring performances by tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, drummer Nasheet Waits and more.

In Central Park, mid-pandemic, jazz was alive atop sacred ground

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The Urban Griot, Dr. Billy Taylor: A Centennial Celebration

We're celebrating the legacy of Dr. Billy Taylor — with a look at his multifaceted career, his musical philosophy, and the impact he left.

The Urban Griot, Dr. Billy Taylor: A Centennial Celebration

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Sketches Of Tain: Music And Stories From Drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts

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Christian McBride heads out to Pa. for a hang with drummer/composer Jeff Tain Watts, talking Pittsburgh and diving into the stories of Tain's time with both Wynton and Branford Marsalis.

Sketches Of Tain: Music And Stories From Drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts

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Portland's Montavilla Jazz Brings Music To Your Front Door

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Jazz Night visits Portland to ride along with the non-profit Montavilla Jazz and its door-to-door music festival, including a lovely set by trumpeter Charlie Porter.

Portland's Montavilla Jazz Brings Music To Your Front Door

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On The Road Again: Musicians Return To The Stage At Exit Zero

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We take you to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival with three sets from: piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker; New Orleans vocalist Gabrielle Cavassa, and master conguero Pedrito Martinez.

On The Road Again: Musicians Return To The Stage At Exit Zero

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Crate Digging : Mulgrew Miller And Wingspan

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Christian McBride uncovers a concert from his big brother, figuratively speaking: the underrated piano innovator Mulgrew Miller.

Crate Digging : Mulgrew Miller And Wingspan

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