Jazz

Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner. Black woman in green shawl with red necklace and turquoise glasses sings behind black microphone and in front of a Black man in a black suit at a black piano in front of black and brown bookshelves

Let Cécile McLorin Salvant's Tiny Desk Set Soothe Your Soul

The Grammy-winning jazz vocalist performs as part of NPR’s intimate concert series. 

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For a Conscious Black Child of the '80s, Hugh Masekela Brought Lightness to the Heavy Anti-Apartheid Movement

Being a kid during the anti-apartheid movement meant learning, in real time, that the oppression of Black people was global. Akiba Solomon gives thanks for the joy and lightness that the father of South African jazz brought to an intense international struggle. 

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PHOTO ESSAY: Meet 5 Jazz Artists of Color Making New Music With Healing Power

Thanks in part to crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Robert Glasper, a new generation is embracing jazz. Meet five artists of color who are making music to fight the power, tell our stories and heal our hearts in these tough times.

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Breaking Presents: Samora Pinderhughes, a Jazz Composer Writing Scores for the Movement

The pianist and composer offers a cathartic affirmation of Black humanity and resistance on “The Transformation Suite.”

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Denzel Washington Brings Life to John Coltrane's Words in New 'Chasing Trane' Promo

Wynton Marsalis and Bill Clinton also discuss Coltrane’s immense legacy in the forthcoming documentary.

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John Coltrane Documentary, Narrated by Denzel Washington, to Debut

“Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8.

'Breaking' Presents: Xenia Rubinos, a Powerhose Singer/Songwriter Unafraid to Learn Out Loud

On her funky second album, “Black Terry Cat,” the genre-bender explores identity, police violence and the hidden labor of Latino/a restaurant workers.

WATCH: Kamasi Washington Talks 'To Pimp A Butterfly' and the Juncture of Jazz And Hip-Hop

The acclaimed musician speaks and jams with fellow saxophonist Terrace Martin in a new video from GQ

Jazz Legend Ornette Coleman Passes at Age 85

The saxophonist is regarded as a major innovator in jazz. 

How Billie Holiday Was Targeted by America's Early Drug War

Read an excerpt from Johann Hari’s new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.”

Watch the Only Live Recording of John Coltrane Playing 'A Love Supreme'

On July 26, 1965, the legendary musician performed it live for the first and only time of his career.

Remembering Jazz Greats in 'Last Stop on the 4 Train'

A trip to visit the final resting place of some of the genre’s greatest musicians.

In Memory of Musician and Activist Fred Ho, Here's 'West Afrika! Boogaloo'

He leaves behind a pioneering legacy in Afro-Asian culture.

Amiri Baraka, 1934-2014

The literary genius was 79.

The Nightmare of War Finds an Outlet in Jazz, Poetry from Vets

Musician Mike Ladd and jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer explore the emotional toll of war on veterans of color.