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.

Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of what he calls "the jazz republic." Performing under his given name in the 1990s, Lewis was a powerful up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed — or failed to, from a business perspective — he found that a lot of contemporary rock music also spoke to him deeply.

This tune comes from a demo tape of a band's first-ever public gig. The recording engineer was a 19-year-old college radio kid scrambling to capture 18 musicians in a tiny basement club. But half a century later, that kid now runs a record label and deemed his work good enough to re-touch and issue as part of a deluxe 2-CD package. After all, this was no ordinary band. Within three months of that first gig, this group started making "real" albums — five LPs worth in the next four years, plus two album-length collaborations with singers.

Eden Atwood On Piano Jazz

Feb 5, 2016

One of the rare jazz discoveries of her generation, Eden Atwood is the daughter of arranger-composer Hub Atwood. She studied piano as a child and went on to have a performing career in New York and beyond. Eden Atwood has released several studio albums, and she tours regularly.

In this episode of Piano Jazz from 1996, she and host Marian McPartland perform a duet of "Old Devil Moon."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1996.

Set List

Jazz Night In America's regular host, Christian McBride, happens to be a Grammy-winning bassist and composer, but he forbade us to feature him unless it was for something special. It so happens that he's written a special work: Teaming with choral director JD Steele, he's composed a bluesy and soulful oratorio for big band, gospel choir with soloists, and four speakers who represent great figures of the Civil Rights Movement.