JazzStories

Series produced by Murray Street Productions

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Jazz musicians refer to what they do as telling stories. We bring you backstage stories from jazz legends and those in the making.

Jazz musicians refer to what they do as telling stories. We bring you backstage stories from jazz legends and those in the making. Hear what jazz sounds like when musicians put down their instruments. A companion to the weekly program Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio.


54 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Randy Weston , Credit: Frank Stewart
Pianist Randy Weston has seen a lot people and places in his life. Born in Brooklyn in 1926 and served in the US Army during World War II. But it ...

Bought by WEZU, KPVL, Delmarva Public Radio, KREV-LP, WNCU and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2011
  • Length: 12:57
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Barry Harris, Billy Higgins
In the 40s, jazzmen came of age on the stages of dance halls. Pianist Barry Harris and drummer Billy Higgins capture the view from those stages.

Bought by WMOT, Delmarva Public Radio, KREV-LP, WNCU, KFOK-LPFM and more


  • Added: Apr 20, 2012
  • Length: 10:44
  • Purchases: 6
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"The artists are the ones who make it possible for people to remember what the time was like, and who was there, and what we did as human beings. ...

Bought by WMOT, WHQR, Delmarva Public Radio, and KREV-LP


  • Added: Aug 12, 2013
  • Length: 11:41
  • Purchases: 4
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"I did a lot of practicing with my dad. We were practicing five days a week Monday through Friday for 90 minutes a day starting at the age of 3 up ...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2013
  • Length: 14:23
  • Purchases: 3
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"The music is not just the music. It's a reflection of how to live. I think I started out I just really liked the sound of the music and I had no i...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2013
  • Length: 20:34
  • Purchases: 3
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“I think of a lot of things when I’m playing the piano and one of the last things I think about is the piano…you try to somehow think and feel li...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2013
  • Length: 11:02
  • Purchases: 3
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"I guess it was about 3rd or 4th grade that I got hooked on R & B and early rock & roll. I just became a fanatical record collector even at that ...

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  • Added: May 28, 2013
  • Length: 17:26
  • Purchases: 2
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"Smells Like Teen Spirit," in particular sounds like a modal jazz tune. That's one of the funniest things to me. It says so much about people's att...

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  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 16:32
  • Purchases: 3
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"I want to have clarity of ideas and I want to be able to execute ideas. So if I'm going to play something really sloppy, I want it to be sloppy on...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2013
  • Length: 18:32
  • Purchases: 2
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"When I started to play jazz... I started in the middle. I wanted to play Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and all of that stuff first... When I started c...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2013
  • Length: 07:39
  • Purchases: 4
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"I always thought of the acoustic bass as the quintessential jazz instrument... I knew that jazz meant cool, and hip, and on the cutting edge, and ...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2013
  • Length: 16:39
  • Purchases: 4
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"When people get two trumpet players it becomes very competitive...It was [Booker Little], Lee Morgan and myself at the time. We we're the young ...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2013
  • Length: 11:41
  • Purchases: 4
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"We have a mixture of many elements from the world. The classical music from Europe- the sense of melody and deep harmonic sense- and on the other ...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2013
  • Length: 14:45
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Dr. Lonnie Smith
"They name it -- they just come up with all kinds of names..."'Funk'... 'jazz' or... 'acid jazz.' Or they named it 'boogaloo.' We don't know anyth...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2013
  • Length: 10:19
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Credit: Amanda Brown
"The fact is my parents lost all of their assets. If I didn't have something (I was) really into, in my case was piano and jazz, I think it would h...

Bought by Delmarva Public Radio and KREV-LP


  • Added: Dec 18, 2012
  • Length: 12:08
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Catherine Russell
"Singing lead is all about you. The focus is on you. Your name is on the ticket. The people have paid to see you...So you are responsible for you...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2012
  • Length: 14:27
  • Purchases: 4
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"I felt like I had to do more in order for people to think of what they would think of another musician—about the level of intellect or artistry of...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2012
  • Length: 17:44
  • Purchases: 3
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"Sometimes I hear jazz and it sounds like hip cats playing for other hip cats to dig instead of taking more of a chance by trying to relate to the ...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2012
  • Length: 13:44
  • Purchases: 4
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Vocalist and songwriter Gretchen Parlato's music is introspective and crafted with a knowing touch. Winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocalis...

Bought by WMOT, Delmarva Public Radio, KREV-LP, and WNCU


  • Added: Aug 09, 2012
  • Length: 15:06
  • Purchases: 4
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"...This country lookin' guy was standing there in the door, waiting for me to tell him what to do. So I said, 'play something!' He took out his ...

Bought by KMUW, WMOT, Delmarva Public Radio, and KREV-LP


  • Added: Jul 26, 2012
  • Length: 19:40
  • Purchases: 4