April is Jazz Appreciation Month and we'll celebrate the past, present, and future of the music all month on the Jazz Break at Noon.
New Spring 2023 Releases for a New Season
New releases in jazz include fresh sounds from artists ranging in tradition and innovation from vibraphonist Simon Moullier, saxophonist Walter Smith III, vocalist and bandleader Taj Mahal, pianist Andrew Moorhead, multi-instrumentalist Ingrid Laubrock, and trumpeter Rachel Therrien, among many other new works from the wide world of jazz and improvisation.
Jazz Poetry Week and National Poetry Month
This week co-host, author, poet, and educator Jim LaVilla-Havelin joins us for Jazz Poetry Week on the Jazz Break at Noon. We'll explore the intersection between jazz and the spoken word with a variety of live guests, poets, and artists, while delving into their creative processes, inspirations, and influences, along with recordings of performances from history's greatest jazz poets.
Mingus Amongus: The Liberating Force of Charles Mingus
Born April 22, 1922, in Nogales, AZ, the impact of bassist, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus on the world of jazz today is immense and forever honored. This week, we'll listen to select Mingus tracks from his 30+-year recorded history, along with interpretations from artists who've honored the icon, including the Mingus Big Band.
Ellingtonia: Interpreters of The Duke
Born April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C., Duke Ellington's influence on composition and performance is so extraordinary that it's impossible to imagine what and where jazz would be without his essential contribution to the music. This week, we'll listen to a wide variety of artists who've interpreted, covered, and evolved within the artform with the music of Ellington.