The Latest Jazz News from Around the World

  • Patrick Shiroishi, 'To Kill A Wind-Up Bird'

    "To Kill A Wind-Up Bird," off of multi-instrumentalist and composer Patrick Shiroishi's upcoming solo album Hidemi, layers saxophone and woodwinds in a frantic, yet controlled splatter.

  • George Wein, Music Festival Pioneer, Dies At 95

    A founder of the Newport Folk Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival — and perhaps the most important jazz impresario of all time — died Monday.

  • Your Music Saved My Life: Ledisi Talks With Lara Downes

    The versatile and impassioned singer was ready to throw in the towel until she heard a message in a Nina Simone song that told her, "You're going be fine. I understand how you feel. Keep going."

  • Lady Blackbird, 'It's Not That Easy'

    Equal parts torch song and funeral dirge, it's a raw and pining anthem whose heartbreak slowly seeps in as the organ crawls beneath Lady Blackbird's sorrowful vocals.

  • Esperanza Spalding, 'Formwela 10'

    "Formwela 10" is one of Spalding's more enchanting spells: a shape-shifting chamber invention that ponders the question of what we ask of one another in the course of romantic exchange.

  • säje, 'Wisteria'

    The four-voiced juggernaut explores the edges of jazz and pop. "Wisteria" is a love letter of sorts for the vocal ensemble and what it represents.

  • Joshua Redman, 'Facts'

    Redman's angular melody entwines with a countermelody by Ron Miles on cornet, as bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade percolate the groove.

  • Freakquencee, 'Running'

    This #NowPlaying discovery of Freakquencee comes to us from this year's Tiny Desk Contest.