PBS has produced several programs that touch on the music and the people of jazz. Explore some of the best of PBS cultural programming.
Duke Ellington's Washington
Take a virtual tour of the city where the Duke was born and see why Washington, DC, became a Jazz mecca for so many.
Goin' to Chicago
Retrace the difficult and often poignant journey of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North during the Great Migration of the 1920s.
The Mississippi River of Song
Sail down the Mississippi River to learn about the local music from folk and bluegrass to blues and jazz.
I'll Make Me a World
Discover the impact of African-American artists on American culture by searching a database of famous names and bios.
Buena Vista Social Club
Celebrate the fusion of Salsa and Afro-Cuban Jazz with this award-winning documentary featuring the music of the Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Club.
Explore the roots of the blues, a musical style that's often paired with jazz and which draws deeply on the African-American experience.
NPR highlights jazz radio programs from around the country. Tune in to hear about jazz music and history from the experts.
Check out recent and classic performances, interviews, news, and reviews on public radio. Make sure the DJ at your local NPR Jazz station is playing your favorites.
Billy Taylor's Jazz
Join jazz luminaries with distinguished jazz pianist and educator Dr. Billy Taylor and his trio in performance and conversation before a live audience at the Kennedy
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Winner of a Peabody Award in 1998, this site showcases exclusive live concerts from America's premier jazz performance series. The concerts, organized by the
legendary Wynton Marsalis, are hosted for broadcast by 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley.
Hosted by Nancy Wilson, this compelling documentary series chronicles the people, places, and events in jazz history. By combining archival recordings, interviews,
and narration, each program in the series tells an informative story that celebrates the music and the musicians of this uniquely American art form.
JazzSet with Branford Marsalis
This Grammy Award-winning saxophonist spotlights the hottest live performances from festivals, clubs, and theaters around the world.
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
This Peabody-award winning show produced by South Carolina Educational Radio features Marian McPartland and her guests reminiscing, improvising, and swapping stories, songs, and techniques about jazz each week.
Research jazz history with these informative sites.
All About Jazz
People in Jazz
Enjoy this comprehensive site of jazz news, reviews, festivals, interviews, audio downloads, photos, and much, much more.
Hogan Jazz Archive
Get lost in Tulane University's Center for Jazz Research Hogan Jazz Archives. Enjoy oral histories and special holdings, peruse newsletters and publications, and research the rich history of New Orleans jazz.
Institute of Jazz Studies
Realize all that Rutgers University has to offer with its vast collections and facilities. Tune in to the Jazz Research Round Table radio program for further illumination.
Dick Hyman's Century of Jazz Piano
Well-known pianist Dick Hyman recreates the styles of 63 pianists and 103 tunes across the entire exciting history of jazz over five hours of music. Includes 21 rare historical videos, over 100 historical photographs, more than 500 pages of documentation by Joel Simpson, Dick Hyman, and others, including biographies, stylistic analyses, discographies, and a complete bibliography.
The Golden Age of Jazz
The William P. Gottlieb Collection, comprising of over sixteen hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the jazz scene from 1938-1948 (primarily
in New York City and Washington, DC). It also highlights great photos of Holiday, Sinatra, Gillespie, Ellington, and just about everyone who was anyone in the 1940s jazz scene.
Jazz Primer for Rock People
Oculus magazine provides a comprehensive history of jazz for people who don't know Charlie Parker from Charles Mingus. It includes basic information with a timeline including pre-1918 jazz, the influence of blues, Dixieland, swing, bop, cool, free jazz, funk, fusion, and recommended reading and listening.
This is a sampling of sites dedicated to famous personalities in jazz history.
The Louis Armstrong House and Archives provides extensive resources about this great jazz legend.
The Local Jazz Scene
Where is the best music in your area? Check our listing of regional jazz sites to find out!
The Gold Coast Jazz Society - Florida
The Potomac River Jazz Club
Pittsburgh Jazz Society
The Madison (Wisconsin) Jazz Society
The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society - South Dakota
The Northern Colorado Traditional Jazz Society
The Las Vegas Jazz Society
Tucson Jazz Society
Earshot Jazz - Seattle, Washington
The Jazz Society of Oregon
JazzWest.com - San Francisco Bay Area
San Jose Jazz Society
The Los Angeles Jazz Society