Jazz Night In America

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Airs Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at 11 p.m. There may be no better place than New Orleans to explore the ties of family and tradition in jazz. This episode of Jazz Night in America visits the Crescent City to get inside two of the cities best known legends: singer John Boutte and drummer Shannon Powell. With music from their shared bill at the Jazz and Heritage Center, this episode spends time with each of them at their homes, tracing their NOLA familial roots and exploring why they’ve chosen stay local.

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Airs Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 8 p.m. On celebrating Betty Carter,  we hear stories from alumni of “the school of Betty Carter”, an esteemed collection of singers bound together by the thrall of Carter’s titanic influence on jazz. One of the most powerful voices in the American musical tradition, her lasting legacy is celebrated by vocalist Charenee Wade along with many past members of Carter’s band through the years.

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Airs Monday, February 27, 2917, at 9 p.m. The fruitful collaboration between Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington is widely known to have brought us such classics as “Take The ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” and “Isfahan.” But behind the music, Billy Strayhorn led a complex and often vice-driven life. While composing some of the most harmonically rich jazz of its time, often in the shadow of Duke Ellington, Strayhorn was an outlier in that he led an openly gay life as a black man in the homophobic 1940s.


Airs Monday, February 13, 2017, at 9 p.m. All Things Considered's Audi Cornish guest hosts this week’s Jazz Night in America episode. The tables turn as JNIA host Christian McBride -- Grammy Award winning bassist and composer -- talks about and performs his suite, The Movement Revisited, inspired by the words of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr. The performance was captured live at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, McBride's hometown.

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Airs Thursday, August 13 at 9 p.m. SFJazz tackle the music of tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. This episode of Jazz Night in America features interviews with the band on their personal connections with Henderson and we hear highlights from our first concert recorded at at new SFJazz Center. The current line-up of the SFJazz Collective features alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire.

Max Roach: bepop pioneer, drum innovator, social activist, teacher, and so much more. He blazed a path for jazz that burns brightest today in his former student Ali Jackson. Jackson -- himself a multi-hyphenate as percussion wizard, composer, and arranger – studied under Roach after meeting him at twelve. Many years later, Jackson pays tribute to his mentor with an all-star ensemble. This exclusive one-night celebration of Roach was captured by Jazz Night In America.