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Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: 50 Years Of Mondays

May 6, 2016

In 1965, the trumpeter, composer and arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big-band music originally intended for the Count Basie Orchestra — and nobody to perform it. So they made their own.

Sound Advice: Jazz Of The Bay Area Figurative Era

April 21, 2016

Every era has a soundtrack, and for the Bay Area Figurative artists, it was jazz. Join us April 21 at the Crocker Art Museum for a discussion of mid-20th century jazz with Beth Ruyak and Gary Vercelli.

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Sacramento Classic Jazz Messengers On Insight

April 19, 2016

In the 1960s, drummer and bandleader Art Blakey revolutionized the music scene with his Jazz Messengers, a rotating cast of allstars with a group-sound that defined an era.

A Remembrance For Chicago's Jazz Record Mart

April 18, 2016

Chicago's Jazz Record Mart attracts visitors from all over the world. At least, it used to: Last month, owner Bob Koester sold the store, saying he was just too old to run it any more.

Don Cheadle On Miles Davis And Race In Hollywood

March 28, 2016

Cheadle wrote, directed and stars in the new film Miles Ahead, which sees a late-career Miles Davis struggles to reconnect with his muse. Read his extended conversation with Michel Martin.