Alfredo Rodriguez left Cuba for the United States seven years ago. The classically-trained pianist and composer has been mentored and produced by music legend Quincy Jones.

Jay Leonhart On Piano Jazz

Mar 4, 2016

The turning point that propelled musician Jay Leonhart to take up the bass was hearing Ray Brown with the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1955. Leonhart has since become a superior bassist, a witty lyricist and a charming singer.

Sumi Tonooka On Piano Jazz

Feb 26, 2016

Pianist Sumi Tonooka is an incisive musician of great originality and imagination. She's toured with Art Blakey and teamed with tenor saxophonist Odean Pope and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In 2015, she was selected for a Music Alive: New Partnerships residency through New Music USA.

The large instrumental band Snarky Puppy, which just won its second Grammy Award, is hard to pin down to one place. Its core is now in New York, but its members have toured and recorded all over the world, and their spiritual home is still Dallas, Texas. It's where they'd take in gospel performances in area churches; it's near where they initially met at music school at the University of North Texas in Denton. As bassist and bandleader Michael League explains, you can hear all those collisions in the pocket of their complex and beyond-category grooves.

The 2016 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

Feb 24, 2016

Phil Woods On Piano Jazz

Feb 19, 2016

Saxophonist Phil Woods (1931–2015) was a true master of bebop. Whether he was weaving complex improvisations with other members of his group or playing feisty, crackling solo licks, Woods' playing was always compelling. He built up his amazing technique with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Buddy Rich, as well as with his own quartet.

A Dive Into Jazz Slang (You Dig?)

Feb 18, 2016

"Shedding." "Chops." "Rataricious." Sometimes it seems like jazz cats have their own language. Of course, many times those words also end up in other people's mouths: Terms like "hipster," "crib" and "the man" all came from the jazz world more than 70 years ago. You dig?

Here, Jazz Night In America takes a brief look at where jazz slang came from, with lots of colorful language along the way.

Review: Willie Nelson, 'Summertime'

Feb 17, 2016

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

Jon Batiste On Piano Jazz

Feb 12, 2016

Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste hails from Louisiana, the cradle of jazz.