Herman Leonard photographed jazz icons such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie.

Herman Leonard’s Eye for Jazz

In the 1940s and 50s, photographer Herman Leonard captured icons of the jazz world, including Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington

Keefe's tribute to Bailey includes “Rocking Chair,” “I’ll Close My Eyes” and “Bluebirds in the Moonlight.”

Julia Keefe’s Jazz

The young musician discusses the joys of improvisation and her new tribute to fellow American Indian artist Mildred Bailey

Chuck Mangione was nominated for a Grammy for his hit song "Feels So Good."

For Smithsonian, Mangione Memorabilia 'Feels So Good'

The jazz flugelhornist and composer kicks off Jazz History Month with a donation to the National Museum of American History

Langston Hughes' epic poem, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz is the text for the piece performed by Jessye Norman, among others.

A Jazzed-Up Langston Hughes

A long-forgotten poem about the African-American experience is given new life in a multimedia performance

In his heyday, Dr. John would appear on stage in a puff of smoke, decorated in Mardi Gras plumes, bones and amulets, reciting voodoo chants while spreading glitter into the audience.

Dr. John's Prognosis

The blues and rock musician shares stories of his wild past and his concerns for the future.


Rhythm and Identity

A Q&A with Bobby Sanabria, musician, composer and professor of Latin jazz

Lennie Foy


Hot Horns

Trumpeter and bandleader Doc Paulin, being interviewed at 1995 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. His wife to the left of photo; interviewer at right.


Jazz Requiem


Keeper of the Keys

Pianist Jason Moran laces his strikingly original music with the soulful sounds of jazz greats

Louis Armstrong (at about 26 c. 1927) "as showing the world what jazz was all about," Driggs says.

Jazz Man

Louis Armstrong before he was Satchmo? A youthful Ella? For photographs of musicians great or obscure, just about everyone turns to Frank Driggs


Jazzed About Roy Haynes

A robust 78, one of the greatest drummers of all time still riffs up a storm and wows fellow musicians

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