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Robert J. Appel Pledges Unprecedented $20 Million Gift to Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced an unprecedented gift of $20 million from Robert J. Appel, the organizations Chairman of the Board of Directors….

Wade In The Water: 5 Jazz Takes On Spirituals

By David Brent Johnson The African-American religious folk songs known as spirituals grew out of the slavery experience and the introduction of Christianity…

William Parker’s Abstract Grooves Collected In Box Set

By Kevin Whitehead Steve Lacy used to say that the right partner can help you make music you couldn’t get to by yourself….

27 Years Ago, Keith Jarrett Was A One-Man Band

By Banning Eyre Keith Jarrett is a jazz legend. His catalog of recordings includes solo piano improvisations, trio and quartet works, classical performances,…

Ben Allison: Leading A Stellar Band Far Beyond The World

By NPR Staff Most music fans will recognize the title of Ben Allison’s new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today, as a…

Bringing Jazz On Walkabout: Jon Batiste And Stay Human

By NPR Staff Pianist Jonathan Batiste was born and raised in New Orleans as part of the Batiste jazz family dynasty there. He…

Chico Hamilton, Drummer, Bandleader and Exponent of Cool Jazz, Dies at 92

Chico Hamilton, a drummer and bandleader who helped put California on the modern-jazz map in the 1950s and remained active into the 21st…

Grammy-Nominated Jazz Giant Joe Chambers to Appear at the NCCU Jazz Festival on Nov. 22

“Retire? You don’t retire from jazz . Some cats have died on the bandstand,” said drummer and educator Joe Chambers, during a phone…

Concord Records Set to Release Deluxe CD/DVD Titled Ray Charles Forever on Sept. 24

Ray Charles will be commemorated on September 23, 2013, his 83rd birthday, with a United States Postal Service Music Icons ForeverĀ® Stamp. Concord…

Missed Our Labor Day Broadcast?

In case you missed our labor day broadcast, please visit www.npr.org/series/newport-jazz-festival.

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