Who says big band jazz is for old people? Not this teenage composer


California musician Skylar Tang, 16, is the winner of a Jazz at Lincoln Center contest. She'll accept the award in New York this weekend....

85-year-old bassist Ron Carter has no plans on slowing down


The roster of musicians Carter has worked with ranges from Ornette Coleman to Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and A Tribe Called Quest....

DOMi & JD Beck, 'SMiLE'


DOMi & JD Beck make a hyperarticulate strain of beat music. Mac DeMarco stars as a profanely cantankerous 100-year-old jazz legend in a new...

Albert Ayler made sublime music. The world was not ready


At his last recorded concerts, the avant-garde outlaw's seemingly disparate sound worlds came together....

The nouveau swing of Donald Harrison Jr., Big Chief and NEA Jazz Master


Hear stories from New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr.'s upbringing, words from his mentee, drummer Joe Dyson, and a performance on his home turf recorded...

Her Voice Is In The Air


The Brazilian singer Flora Purim helped create the sound of jazz fusion. Now, as she releases what she says will be her final album, it's...

Under Greg Tate's direction, musical possibilities were limitless


Greg Tate's death left an immeasurable hole in the universe of cultural criticism. Vernon Reid, Matana Roberts, Jared Michael Nickerson and Christina Wheeler pay tribute...

Charles Mingus contained multitudes, but his native language was protest


The jazz icon's 100th birthday is a chance to appreciate an enduring throughline of his career, which often teetered between exquisite composure and raging chaos....

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