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
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
Jeffrey Brown catches up with music legend Herbie Hancock, who celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year and is touring in support of his latest album “The Imagine Project.” Continue reading
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, jazz musician Michael White is back in New Orleans, but his old neighborhood is still mostly empty. In the years since Katrina he’s experienced a personal and musical “rebirth” — another New Orleans tradition.