Jazz Profiles

Series produced by NPR Music

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This series profiles the legends and legacy of jazz. Hosted by Nancy Wilson, each episode brings to life the vibrant history of the genre through music, interviews, and commentary.

Singer Nancy Wilson hosts this Gold Medal award-winning, documentary series chronicling the people, places and events in jazz.

Jazz Profiles features jazz topics that are varied and all-encompassing. The program focuses largely on individuals, in particular artists who are still living and performing. Musicians who have been featured in-depth on Jazz Profiles include Dave Brubeck, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Parker. The series has covered significant anniversaries of the dearly departed, the instruments of jazz, jazz cities, jazz families and more.

By combining archival recordings, interviews and narration, each program in the series tells an informative and engaging story that celebrates the music and those who make it. The appeal of Jazz Profiles is broad, ranging from the news junkie to the jazz aficionado. The music-to-talk ratio of the program is approximately 50/50. Hide full description

Singer Nancy Wilson hosts this Gold Medal award-winning, documentary series chronicling the people, places and events in jazz.Jazz Profiles features jazz topics that are varied and all-encompassing. The program focuses largely on individuals, in particular artists who are still living and performing. Musicians who have been featured in-depth on Jazz Profiles include Dave Brubeck, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Parker. The series has covered significant anniversaries of the dearly departed, the instruments of jazz, jazz cities, jazz families and more.By combining archival recordings, interviews and narration, each program in the series tells an informative and engaging story that celebrates the music and those who make it. The... Show full description


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John Coltrane's never-ending quest for musical improvement and self-awareness distinguished his playing and compositions in the '60s.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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She was a gifted trombonist, a crack arranger, and against the odds, a woman in jazz.

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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Tommy Flanagan was known for his style and technique; he was one of bebop's most important pianists.

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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The trumpeter spent many years writing, managing and playing for his brother's celebrated band.

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  • Added: Aug 21, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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An electric performer, Carter was an irrepressible and incomparable practitioner of the jazz vocal tradition. For nearly 50 years, the intense voca...

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  • Added: Aug 21, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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He devoted much of his career to the band led by his more famous brother, saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. But behind the billing, the younger sibl...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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The small triangular room with low ceilings and remarkable acoustics has staged plenty of essential jazz recordings. But it's only a small fraction...

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  • Added: Aug 29, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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This tribute explores Smith's early days in Philadelphia and shows how he brought the Hammond organ to the forefront of jazz.

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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Known for his big, warm sound, saxophonist Stanley Turrentine found inspiration in the blues and turned it into a hugely successful career in music.

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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A rich, supple baritone, Hibbler brought many of Duke Ellington's most popular ballads to life during an eight-year stint with the orchestra.

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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Doc Cheatham was a part of virtually all of jazz's history from his own early groups in the mid 1920s to the 70s with numerous other bands.

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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Larkins was a classically trained pianist and teacher, as well as the first black student at the Peabody Conservatory. But he's best remembered as ...

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  • Added: Oct 08, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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He was one of the most admired instrumentalists of the twentieth century, matching an immaculate technique to a clarinet sound that was indescribab...

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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Celebrated jazz singer Anita O'Day experienced both the "high times and hard times" ? as her autobiography is so aptly titled.

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  • Added: Oct 23, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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Trombonist Al Grey was highly regarded as "the last of the big time plungers" thanks to his skill at using a plumber's plunger to manipulate tones ...

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  • Added: Oct 23, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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Hootie" to his friends, bluesman supreme Jay McShann was a living legacy of Kansas City jazz.

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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Bandleader Illinois Jacquet was recognized as the king of the tenor saxophone.

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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Bassist Milt Hinton, known as the "Judge," was considered to be the ultimate timekeeper.

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2008
  • Length: 54:00
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For more than fifty years, Rosemary Clooney's simple and exquisite singing style defined her dynamic career. She also took on movie roles, and did ...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
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A dynamic percussionist, veteran bandleader, masterful arranger and an irrepressible showman, Tito Puente Sr. is forever remembered as El Rey — the...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 50