Charlie Byrd was sent on a diplomatic tour of South America, but what he brought back to America was more important.
An introduction to the man who brought an elegant style and rhythmic grace to the trumpet, in addition to a fragile, unique singing voice that made him a jazz celebrity.
From its origins in the Roaring 20s, to a heyday in the 30s and beyond, big band jazz has produced some of the best jazz bandleaders of all time.
Jazz played in a concert hall or a club is, for many, the pinnacle of the art form. Here are the 50 best live jazz albums of all time.
Norman Granz was one of the most important figures in jazz music, a behind-the-scenes player that transformed the genre.
The new visual launches UMe and Verve's 'Summer Samba!' season celebrating the timeless and influential sounds of samba and bossa nova.
How well do you know one of the 20th century's finest saxophonists? Test your knowledge with our quiz!
Recording during a transitional phase in his career, ‘Getz At The Gate’ finds saxophonist Stan Getz on molten form in New York’s legendary jazz venue.
The series launches on 31 July with new editions of Stan Getz and João Gilberto’s 'Getz/Gilberto' and 'Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson'.
The jazz saxophonist from Philadelphia was renowned for his tenor saxophone playing, as well as for popularizing the bossa nova sound in the United States.
The iconic poster boy for the West Coast cool school, Chet Baker left a profound mark on jazz in his 40-year career, proving you didn’t need to be a Juilliard graduate to...
In the early 60s, Brazil initiated a quiet musical revolution by exporting the silky sound of bossa nova to the rest of the world.
‘Getz/Gilberto’ is now a jazz classic, but when it was recorded no one expected it to become one of the best selling jazz albums of all time.
Capturing the joyful essence of what it feels like to love and be loved, the best jazz songs are timeless expressions of the deepest emotions.
Smooth jazz is often unfairly maligned, but there’s a lot to love in its accessible, mellow soundscapes and flowing melodies.