Jazz at 100 Today!

 

Because we have virtually instant access to 100 years of recorded jazz, documenting broad sweeps of creativity and innovation, it can be difficult for today’s working musicians to be heard. A successor to the celebrated Jazz at 100 series, Jazz at 100 Today! gives voice to the current jazz scene and celebrates the incredible music of the living treasures who keep pushing boundaries while standing on the shoulders of giants.

To listen to the first series, 100 years of recorded Jazz, visit: Jazz at 100.

Program List

01 The Renewal of AACM: Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed, Tomeka Reid, Matana Roberts

02 Jazz and Poetry: Benjamin Boone, Laurence Hobgood, Jane Ira Bloom, Matt Wilson, David Murray

03 Tenor Sax Trios: JD Allen, Charles Owens, Mark Turner

04 Bird at 100: Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson

05 Presenting Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

06 The Legacy of Leonard Bernstein: Joe Policastro, Bobby Sanabria, Ted Nash, Jason Moran, Jane Ira Bloom

07 Great Young Singers – Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift

08 Pulitzer and Polar Prizes – Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Wayne Shorter

09 Modern Big Bands – Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch, Electric Squeezebox, Ed Palermo, Christian McBride

10 Israeli Ex-Patriots in New York – Omer Avital, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, Yonathan Avishai, Gilad Hekselman and Idan Morim

11 Hard Bop Still Cookin’ – Terell Stafford, The Cookers, Aaron Diehl, Chano Dominguez, Pancho Sanchez

12 Big Band Suites – Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock

13 West Coast Get Down – Kamasi Washington, Cameron Graves, Throttle Elevator Music

14 The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer – Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet

15 The Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High – Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Harold Mabern

16 New Organ Combos – Dr. Lonnie Smith, Organissimo, Deep Blue Organ Trio, William Parker, Swallow Quintet, Joey DeFrancesco

17 Little Big Bands – Cory Weeds, Dave Holland, Todd Marcus, Jamie Baum, Steve Coleman, Charlie Haden, Anat Cohen

18 Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling

19 Today’s Latin Big Bands – Dafnis Prietos, Arturo O’Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Antonio Adolpho and Bobby Sanabria

20 Legacy Saxophone from Joshua Redman and Ravi Coltrane

21 Chick Corea & Keith Jarrett in Small Groups

22 Guitar Trios – Julian Lage, Lionel Loueke, Charlie Ballantine, Jakob Bro, Gilad Hekselman, Anthony Pirog, Steve Tibbetts

23 The Legacy of Wayne Shorter

01 The Renewal of AACM: Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed, Tomeka Reid, Matana Roberts

In 1965, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians was founded with the motto, “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future”. In 2015, AACM celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and with recent strong outings from Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed, Tomeka Reid and Matana Roberts, has been having a compelling renewal. Recent music from the storied AACM in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 01 The Renewal of AACM: Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed, Tomeka Reid, Matana Roberts

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02 Jazz and Poetry: Benjamin Boone, Laurence Hobgood, Jane Ira Bloom, Matt Wilson, David Murray

Since the Charles Mingus – Langston Hughes collaborations in the 1950s, there has always been a durable under-current of Jazz / Poetry projects. Recently Poet Laureates Robert Pinsky and Philip Levine have recorded with pianist Laurence Hobgood and alto-saxophonist Benjamin Boone. Bassist Steve Swallow and poet Robert Creeley collaborated on several projects as have tenor player David Murray and Amiri Baraka. In 2017, two projects used the poetry of American masters as the inspiration for jazz suites. Drummer Matt Wilson recorded a project with the poetry of Carl Sandburg and soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom celebrated the writings of Emily Dickenson. Jazz and Poetry in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 02 Jazz and Poetry: Benjamin Boone, Laurence Hobgood, Jane Ira Bloom, Matt Wilson, David Murray

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03 Tenor Sax Trios: JD Allen, Charles Owens, Mark Turner

Since Sonny Rollins’ landmark recordings in 1957 and 1958 (Way Out West, A Night at the Village Vanguard, Freedom Suite), tenor sax plus bass and drums has been an attractive format for many tenor players. As Michael J. West wrote in Jazz Times “…when jazz artists … began experimenting with chordless ensembles in the 1950s, the sax trio became a daring extension of those experiments, and eventually a staple of small-group jazz. The lack of a piano or any other chordal instrument gives the band’s sound an openness, a devil-may-care freedom (even outside of free jazz) that suggests anything can happen at any moment.” Several current tenor players keep returning to this format as a preferred ensemble form. In this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!, tenor trios of JD Allen, Charles Owens and Mark Turner.

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 03 Tenor Sax Trios: JD Allen, Charles Owens, Mark Turner

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04 Bird at 100: Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson

Charlie Parker was born 100 years ago on August 29, 1920. Although he died at 34 years old in 1955, his legacy is so powerful that jazz would be a very different music if not for his contributions. In the intervening 65 years, Bird’s music has continued to influence and inspire, now, several generations of players and fans. In the past decade, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Lovano and the alto trio of Vincent Herring, Gary Bartz and Bobby Watson have dedicated projects to his music. Moreover, countless players have continued to record and perform his music. The musical legacy of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 04 Bird at 100: Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson

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05 Presenting Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

To many, Wynton Marsalis’s big band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, founded in 1987, is the face of jazz. With an international touring schedule, they have kept alive the tradition of big band jazz while recording an admirable series of discs. Yes, they record their share of classic jazz, but more than a museum of antique music, Jazz at Lincoln Center also commissions inspiring new repertoire for large jazz ensembles. And it can be thrilling to hear music of heroes like Ellington performed as it was composed – for large ensembles of total pros.

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 05 Presenting Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

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06 The Legacy of Leonard Bernstein: Joe Policastro, Bobby Sanabria, Ted Nash, Jason Moran, Jane Ira Bloom

In 2018, Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 years old, generating renewed interest in his work. His compositions, especially those from West Side Story continue to inspire many fine jazz performances with their beautiful melodies, compelling rhythms, and unique harmony. 100th birthday tributes by Bobby Sanabria & the Multiverse Big Band and, on the other end of the spectrum, Joe Policastro and Ted Nash in trio settings plus more jazz responses to the Maestro – in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 06 The Legacy of Leonard Bernstein: Joe Policastro, Bobby Sanabria, Ted Nash, Jason Moran, Jane Ira Bloom

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07 Great Young Singers – Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift

In 1987, the first Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition was held. Among the winners were Marcus Roberts and Joey DeFrancesco. On a roughly annual basis, the competition is held, now focussing on a different instrument each year and renamed in 2019 the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition. The competitions in 2010 and 2015 celebrated vocalists and the juries which included Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves and Luciana Souza recognized Cécile McLorin Salvant and Charenee Wade in 2010 and Jazzmeia Horn and Veronica Swift in 2015 – all of whom are well on their way to making significant contributions to the music. The Classes of 2010 and 2015 in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 07 Great Young Singers – Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift

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08 Pulitzer and Polar Prizes – Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Wayne Shorter

Much of Jazz at 100 Today! so far has focussed on younger musicians who are making their mark on the music. In this hour, we look at the late career honors for Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith who have been honored by the Pulitzer Prize Committee and Wayne Shorter, the recipient of the 2017 Polar Prize.

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 08 Pulitzer and Polar Prizes – Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Wayne Shorter

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09 Modern Big Bands – Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch, Electric Squeezebox, Ed Palermo, Christian McBride

Since the early days of jazz, composers, arrangers, and players have sought out large ensembles for their potential for rich expression and vibrant musical color. Even in the heyday of small-group dominated bebop, Dizzy Gillespie formed a big band as soon as he was able. To this day, while few bands can hold together as touring units, some find regular work in public radio, especially in Europe, some hold weekly residencies in a few major cities and, more frequently, a number reassemble periodically for purposes of recording. Big Band charts from Marshall Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Ed Palermo, and Christian McBride in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 09 Modern Big Bands – Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch, Electric Squeezebox, Ed Palermo, Christian McBride

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10 Israeli Ex-Patriots in New York – Omer Avital, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, Yonathan Avishai, Gilad Hekselman and Idan Morim

Fueled by the arrival of Israeli ex-patriot guitarist Roni Ben-Hur in 1985 and bassists Omer Avital and Avishai Cohen in late nineties, a network of Israeli musicians have steadily filtered into New York over the past twenty years. Several have risen to the highest levels of acclaim.

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 10 Israeli Ex-Patriots in New York – Omer Avital, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, Yonathan Avishai, Gilad Hekselman and Idan Morim

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11 Hard Bop Still Cookin’ – Terell Stafford, The Cookers, Aaron Diehl, Chano Dominguez, Pancho Sanchez

Since the 1950s, there have consistently been players who found in Hard Bop a comfortable place to return to even as the focus of the music ebbed and flowed. Perhaps this is because so many heroes of modern jazz created the music that defined the term – players like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver, Art Blakey and Lee Morgan. Or perhaps the infectious groove is fun to play and brings great pleasure to audiences. For whatever reason Hard Bop cannot really have a revival, because it has never gone away. In this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!, we will listen to recent examples of the lasting power of Hard Bop in the jazz world.

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 11 Hard Bop Still Cookin’ – Terell Stafford, The Cookers, Aaron Diehl, Chano Dominguez, Pancho Sanchez

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12 Big Band Suites – Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock

Duke Ellington envisioned long-form jazz compositions before the technology was created to support them. Initially limited to around six minutes on two sides of a 78 RPM disc, the advent of the 12’ Long-Playing record liberated Ellington and other jazz composers to conceive and record extended compositions. Several contemporary composers are continuing to explore the format with enthusiasm. Recent suites from Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reed, Darcy James Argue and Brian Krock in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 12 Big Band Suites – Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock

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13 West Coast Get Down – Kamasi Washington, Cameron Graves, Throttle Elevator Music

In the past several years, a suite of players have emerged from Los Angeles, many of whom grew up together, loosely connected by the name West Coast Get Down. The most visible player in this scene is Kamasi Washington from a jazz perspective, but Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and Miles Mosely have made significant records in a pop and R’n’B vein. Composer and pianist Cameron Graves anchors Washington’s releases and has become known as a significant artist through his own release. Music from the West Coast Get Down in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 13 West Coast Get Down – Kamasi Washington, Cameron Graves, Throttle Elevator Music

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14 The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer – Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet

The last decade was one of immense consequence and productivity for pianist/composer Vijay Iyer. In 2012 alone, in the DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll he was voted Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Small Group of the Year (the Vijay Iyer Trio), Album of the Year (Accelerando), and Rising Star Composer of the Year. Then in 2013, he received the McArthur Fellowship, often called the McArthur Genius Grant. He started the decade recording for Munich based ACT Music and in mid-decade moved across town to ECM. His releases uniformly received critical acclaim as he recorded with a South-Asian trio, then several times with a conventional piano trio, with side trips to solo recordings, string quartets, sublime duos and a surprising three-horn sextet.

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 14 The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer – Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet

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15 The Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High – Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Harold Mabern

On September 20, 2019, tenor giant Charles Lloyd wrote, “I am quite at a loss to express the acute pain I feel learning about the departure of my brother and long time friend, Harold Mabern. This hits very close to home – we go back to the early 1950s when we were both members of the Rhythm Bombers at Manassas High in Memphis – along with Frank Strozier, [and] Booker Little.… Matthew Garrett (Dee Dee Bridgewater’s father) was our music director. Jimmie Lunceford started the music program at Manassas and it had a very rich tradition. George Coleman and Hank Crawford had gone there just before us.”

Booker Little died at 23 years old. Great hard-bop altoist Frank Strozier left the music scene thirty years ago. Charles Lloyd, tenor player George Coleman and pianist Harold Mabern recorded some of the best music in their careers in the past decade. While Mabern passed in 2019, Lloyd and Coleman are still active players. Recent work from the Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 15 The Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High – Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Harold Mabern

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16 New Organ Combos – Dr. Lonnie Smith, Organissimo, Deep Blue Organ Trio, William Parker, Swallow Quintet, Joey DeFrancesco

In 1956, Jimmy Smith created the organ trio of organ, guitar and drums. Soon thereafter, his quartets with Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine defined the organ – saxophone quartet sound. Today, these traditions live on and, although the instrumentation may vary slightly, the debt to Jimmy Smith’s pioneering soul jazz trios and quartets is persistent.

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 16 New Organ Combos – Dr. Lonnie Smith, Organissimo, Deep Blue Organ Trio, William Parker, Swallow Quintet, Joey DeFrancesco

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17 Little Big Bands – Cory Weeds, Dave Holland, Todd Marcus, Jamie Baum, Steve Coleman, Charlie Haden, Anat Cohen

Between the standard small jazz ensembles of quartets, quintets and sextets and the powerhouse big bands is a world of ensembles with eight, nine, ten or eleven players. Famously, The 1949 Birth of the Cool sessions were from a nonet assembled by Miles Davis, with arrangements by Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans and John Lewis. Bands of this size are a nimble playground for creative arrangers. Little Big Bands in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 17 Little Big Bands – Cory Weeds, Dave Holland, Todd Marcus, Jamie Baum, Steve Coleman, Charlie Haden, Anat Cohen

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18 Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling

Between the standard small jazz ensembles of quartets, quintets and sextets and the powerhouse big bands is a world of ensembles with eight, nine, ten or eleven players. Famously, The 1949 Birth of the Cool sessions were from a nonet assembled by Miles Davis, with arrangements by Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans and John Lewis. Bands of this size are a nimble playground for creative arrangers. Little Big Bands in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 18 Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling

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19 Today’s Latin Big Bands – Dafnis Prietos, Arturo O’Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Antonio Adolpho and Bobby Sanabria

Cuban influences have been heard in jazz since the 1940s. The 1960s brought significant Brazilian sounds into the music. Today, musicians from throughout Latin America are shaping the music, never more vibrantly than in large Latin ensembles. Latin Big Bands lead by Dafnis Prietos, Arturo O’Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Antonio Adolpho and Bobby Sanabria in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 19 Today’s Latin Big Bands – Dafnis Prietos, Arturo O’Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Antonio Adolpho and Bobby Sanabria

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20 Legacy Saxophone from Joshua Redman and Ravi Coltrane

Dewey Redman (1931 – 2006) and John Coltrane (1926 – 1967) are giants in jazz history. Their sons Joshua Redman (born 1969) and Ravi Coltrane (born 1965) are among the most prominent players playing today. Has there ever been another time in jazz history when two of the most admired players are children of jazz masters? And it is even more extraordinary that both sets of fathers and sons all are great tenor players. Joshua Redman and Ravi Coltrane in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 20 Legacy Saxophone from Joshua Redman and Ravi Coltrane

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21 Chick Corea & Keith Jarrett in Small Groups

Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea emerged from the 60s among the best pianists of their generation. Recording steadily over the next five decades, they are iconic masters in many musical formats, particularly notable for their small ensemble work. As time has gone on, Jarrett has focussed on solo recordings and recordings in a trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, mostly live. While Corea records in a rich variety of settings, his best work is arguably in the intimate settings of duos and trios. Recent projects from piano titans Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 21 Chick Corea & Keith Jarrett in Small Groups

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22 Guitar Trios – Julian Lage, Lionel Loueke, Charlie Ballantine, Jakob Bro, Gilad Hekselman, Anthony Pirog, Steve Tibbetts

Guitar, bass and drum trios appear sporadically throughout jazz history, but do not see much frequency as a format until the 1970s, when guitarists like John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny adopt the small ensemble more frequently associated with rock power trios. In the last decade, a growing number of guitarists have settled on the trio as their preferred template. Guitar trios from Julian Lage, Lionel Loueke, Charlie Ballantine, Jakob Bro, Gilad Hekselman, Anthony Pirog and Steve Tibbetts in this hour of Jazz at 100 today!

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 22 Guitar Trios – Julian Lage, Lionel Loueke, Charlie Ballantine, Jakob Bro, Gilad Hekselman, Anthony Pirog, Steve Tibbetts

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23 The Legacy of Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter began composing for the Jazz Messengers in 1959 and over the past 60 years has amassed perhaps the most significant catalog of jazz compositions of his time. Many of his, roughly, one hundred compositions are standards of the current repertoire. In this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!, we’ll explore recent renditions of his classic tunes by today’s working artists.

Annotated Playlist and Resources available at: 23 The Legacy of Wayne Shorter

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