An emerging jazz innovator and the new artistic director at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, musician Jason Moran uses song to promote thought, therapy, consciousness and creativity. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Moran about his efforts to create more appreciators of the arts in his new role. Continue reading
On Saturday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will bestow its Kennedy Center Honors on five of the nation’s leading artists. One is legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, who is still performing at age 81. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Rollins to discuss his life’s work. Continue reading
Saxophonist Clarence Clemons died on Saturday at the age of 69 from complications from a stroke. Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at the musician’s career. Continue reading
This year’s Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition — part-contest and part-celebration — drew entries from 110 high school bands, but just 15 were selected as finalists. Jeffrey Brown sits down with the man behind the competition: jazz great Wynton Marsalis. Continue reading
A new CD collection, “First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of Impulse! Records, the influential and important jazz label. Jeffrey Brown talks to Creed Taylor, the great music producer and founder of Impulse.
The NewsHour recently profiled jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, who won best new artist at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Jeffrey Brown has an excerpt of her song “Little Fly” from the album “Chamber Music Society.” Continue reading
Fans are mourning the passing of longtime jazz pianist, educator and advocate Billy Taylor, who died Tuesday of heart failure. Taylor earned his Ph.D in music education and spread his passion for jazz, lecturing and writing for students and radio and television audiences. Jeffrey Brown looks back on his life. Continue reading