1. Congrats to Steve Coleman on becoming a 2014 MacArthur Fellow! Watch the saxophonist play the ruins of Fort Adams from our Field Recordings series.

  2. The eloquent, effortless jazz singer Jimmy Scott has died. He was 88. Seriously, if you haven’t heard him sing “Someone to Watch Over Me,” then you really should. Here’s a 2005 interview with Talk of the Nation's Neal Conan. 

  3. Monday? LOL. 
Maybe Dr. Lonnie Smith can perk y’all up. 

    Monday? LOL. 

    Maybe Dr. Lonnie Smith can perk y’all up

  4. Watch the legendary Wayne Shorter and his band launch new ideas off old themes at the Kennedy Center. 

  5. Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note History 

    (Source: Spotify)

  6. 5 Essential Sun Ra Cuts

    Sun Ra is not of this world — no, really, he’s from Saturn — but if he was, the cosmic jazz mastermind would have been 100 today. Next stop, Jupiter! 

     

  7. Why Is Jazz So Big In Japan?
Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

    Why Is Jazz So Big In Japan?

    Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

  8. The History Of Jazz Piano In 11 Minutes 

  9. 50 years ago today, pianist and composer Andrew Hill recorded Point of Departure, a jazz record that still feels vital and futuristic. 
Two years before Hill passed away, he appeared on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz in 2005. In many ways it’s a miraculous piece of radio not for the least of which his colorful, angular playing but also because Hill spoke with a sometimes debilitating stutter. But here Hill sounds so relaxed at the piano and with McPartland on the other side of the microphone — NPR arts editor Tom Cole once told me it was the most clear conversation had ever heard with the pianist. After 7 years of producing Piano Jazz for NPR.org, it remains my favorite episode. — Lars
Listen: Andrew Hill on Piano Jazz
Photo: Jimmy Katz

    50 years ago today, pianist and composer Andrew Hill recorded Point of Departure, a jazz record that still feels vital and futuristic. 

    Two years before Hill passed away, he appeared on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz in 2005. In many ways it’s a miraculous piece of radio not for the least of which his colorful, angular playing but also because Hill spoke with a sometimes debilitating stutter. But here Hill sounds so relaxed at the piano and with McPartland on the other side of the microphone — NPR arts editor Tom Cole once told me it was the most clear conversation had ever heard with the pianist. After 7 years of producing Piano Jazz for NPR.org, it remains my favorite episode. — Lars

    Listen: Andrew Hill on Piano Jazz

    Photo: Jimmy Katz

  10. Eric Dolphy’s landmark LP Out to Lunch! was released recorded 50 years ago today. 

    Eric Dolphy’s landmark LP Out to Lunch! was released recorded 50 years ago today