The last time Charlie Hunter came to the NPR studios, he brought an eight-string guitar with fanned-out frets that included bass strings. He's now pared down to just seven strings, but his guitar still produces a big, fat sound. Let The Bells Ring On is Hunter's new album, and it features two jazz innovators: trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and drummer Bobby Previte. It's a record that goes every which way, but in places is rooted in gospel and the music on which he grew up.

Hazel Scott On Piano Jazz

Jun 12, 2015

Pianist and vocalist Hazel Scott was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. A former child prodigy, she had a lifelong career as a jazz artist on both stage and screen, performing late into her life through the U.S. and Europe.

Ornette Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. Listen to a pair of conversations with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet — Don Cherry and Charlie Haden — and his son, Denardo Coleman.

Say the name "Les Paul" to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar. But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.

Doc Cheatham On Piano Jazz

Jun 5, 2015

Trumpeter Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham (1905-1997) was known for his admirable technique and tone. His signature slight burr gave his solos an edge, but his musical approach was warm and elegant.

A Band Of Their Own

May 30, 2015

Pamela Hines On Piano Jazz

May 29, 2015

Pamela Hines is a pianist and composer whose forte is a complex and engaging take on the structural components of jazz. She brings nuance and impressive technical ability to all the tunes she plays and, as a composer, draws out a theme from every musician she works with. In this Piano Jazz session from 2000, Hines performs her original tunes "Porridge" and "A Stone." Host Marian McPartland joins her for a few duets, closing the program with "Autumn Leaves."

Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

May 28, 2015

Beloved by both Garrison Keillor and Jack White, Pokey LaFarge describes his own music — a mix of old-time jazz, blues, ragtime and string-band music from the past century — as timeless rather than retro.