Jazz Night In America

Sunday, 8 to 9 pm
  • Hosted by Christian McBride

A national jazz series presented by some of the leading producers of jazz content in the U.S., Jazz Night In America is a weekly syndicated jazz program that reflects our times. It showcases the artists who are on the scene today, at the height of their creative powers, and offers listeners a way to discover and connect with the world of jazz using the technology that's available to them. Christian McBride, the extraordinary bassist and bandleader, is the host of the show.

How to Experience Jazz Night In America:

On The Radio: Every Sunday night, we'll broadcast the one-hour program centered on great concerts and the stories behind them. 

On Wednesday Nights: Every Wednesday at 9 pm through the academic calendar, we'll videocast a streaming video presentation of a concert. It will often be the same show that you hear on-air — except you can hear AND see the full performance. We'll run a live chat, which all are welcome to join. The videocasts are ONLY available on Wednesdays at 9 pm. So don't miss it!

On Demand: Did you miss the radio broadcast? No problem. The audio will be available on demand on our website. Additional content, including highlights from webcasts, documentary features, and other content will be at npr.org/jazznight.

What does a line from a James Joyce novel sound like on the piano? Or a scribble from the visual artist Cy Twombly? Can you translate the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright into music? For pianist and composer Myra Melford, there is inspiration in all of the above, "a kind of dialogue for me – a thing to bounce my ideas off of."

John Coltrane composed these words in December 1964, as part of a poem he called A Love Supreme.

I have seen God – I have seen ungodly – none can be greater – none can compare to God.

How is the jazz community in Philadelphia responding to the global pandemic? Jazz Night in America found a few different answers to that question.

Charlie Parker, the incandescent avatar of modern jazz, didn't live to see 35. His centennial is upon us, and with it comes a chance to celebrate his legacy — as a quicksilver alto saxophonist, a voracious musical thinker and a crucial link in the chain of jazz tradition. Bird, as he was fondly known, gave us a lexicon as well as a literature. Like Louis Armstrong before him and just a few others since, he redrew the possibilities of the art form, and he did it with absolute panache.

Listen to the final episode of Jazz Night In America's three-part series on the Newport Jazz Festival. Philly native Christian McBride, who hosts the program and is also the artistic director of the festival, is part of some of the amazing vintage Newport performances featured this time around.

Join us on Sunday, August 9th at 8 PM on WRTI 90.1 as we present Part 2 of Jazz Night in America's three-part series on the Newport Jazz Festival. Philadelphia's own Christian McBride, the host of the program, also serves as the artistic director of the festival, and has some amazing vintage Newport performances to share.

Join is on Sunday, August 2nd at 8 PM on WRTI 90.1 as we present Part 1 of Jazz Night In America's three-part series on the Newport Jazz Festival. Philadelphia's own Christian McBride, the host of the program, also serves as the artistic director of the festival, and has some amazing vintage Newport performances to share.

The Newport Jazz Festival started back in 1954, and has dazzled sun-drenched audiences with top-tier jazz performances ever since. Philadelphia native and Jazz Night In America host Christian McBride also serves as the artistic director of the festival, and has some special, hand-picked sets that will be featured on the program, which airs on WRTI 90.1 on Sunday evenings from 8 to 9 PM.

Courtesy of the artist

Pioneering bassist and composer Jymie Merritt was born in Philadelphia in 1926. He died on Friday, April 10th, 2020 at age 93. No cause was given by his son, who posted the sad news on social media.

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