NPR Jazz Notes

Live At The Village Vanguard
The Heath Brothers: Live At The Village Vanguard

In a family band made up of jazz legends, saxophonist Jimmy and drummer Tootie Heath carry on the sophisticated and swinging quartet that once featured their late brother, bassist Percy Heath. Hear a live concert recording.

Tiny Desk Concerts
Julian Lage Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

The 23-year-old guitarist was once called a prodigy. But he’s maturing into a distinctive player and bandleader, too. With two bandmates, Lage performs two unreleased songs and a cut from 2011’s Gladwell.

Favorite Sessions
Chris Dingman: Giving Off Good Vibes

The vibraphonist reveals what inspires him as a musician and plays original songs from his debut album, Waking Dreams.

Favorite Sessions
Benny Green Remembers Monk And Shearing

In this studio session with KPLU, jazz pianist Benny Green plays Thelonious Monk tunes and takes a moment to remember the late, great George Shearing.

A Blog Supreme
Wendell Pierce: Everyone’s Favorite Fake Trombone Player

The actor who plays the salty musician Antoine Batiste on Treme grew up a teenage friend of Wynton Marsalis — and a failed trumpet player. He dishes on jazz, leading a band and the musical legacy of his native New Orleans.