Rank #1: Mulgrew Miller
The versatile pianist Mulgrew Miller was never confined by the boundaries of the piano -- or of one particular sound. In this 2001 interview with Murray Street's Ave Carrillo, he remembers his move from the Methodist church to the Ellington Orchestra to the resurgent 1980s New York jazz scene. He remained a mainstay of that scene until he passed away on May 29, 2013.
Rank #2: Michael Cuscuna
Michael Cuscuna is the co-founder of Mosaic Records, a jazz label that specializes in limited edition boxed sets that collect both the released and unreleased recordings of artists like Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, and Sam Rivers. In this interview he traces his path from radio dj to record producer and denizen of long forgotten archives.
Rank #3: Reid Anderson
Reid Anderson is the bassist for The Bad Plus, a trio which also includes fellow Minnesotans, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King. Anderson talks about being part of a "leaderless" trio, and avant garde tinged covers of rock and pop songs.
Rank #4: Stefon Harris
Stefon Harris has been hammering out cascades of sound on the marimba and vibraphone since 1996. A leader of his own groups, he's recorded six solo albums for Concord and Blue Note, and has played with Ry Cooder, Joe Henderson and the SF Jazz Collective.
Rank #5: Mary Halvorson
Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson pushes into new territory with daring, unpredictable improvisations. Though rooted in jazz, her guitar sound is personal, well-crafted, and borrows practices from rock and experimental music. A longtime member of saxophonist Anthony Braxton's ensembles, she leads a trio, quintet and septet, and is a member of almost two dozen other groups.
Rank #6: The Three Cohens
Siblings Yuval, Anat and Avishai Cohen have been developing their musical connection since birth -- while growing up together in Tel Aviv, attending the Berklee School of Music and now in their band 3 Cohens. In this Jazz at Lincoln Center Listening Party, they discuss their musical education in Israel and how three siblings come together in one band.
Rank #7: Bill Frisell (ReBroadcast)
For over thirty years ,the guitarist and composer Bill Frisell has mined jazz, country, bluegrass, and rock and forged these sounds into a unified whole. In this Jazz at Lincoln Center Listening Party, he discusses how he forms his original ensemble sound and remembers his collaborator and friend, the late drummer Paul Motian.
Rank #8: Freddie Hubbard
In 1958, when twenty year-old Freddie Hubbard moved to New York City, the city was full of legends in the making - Lee Morgan, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and many others. Hubbard, who died in 2008, jammed with all of them and hones his sound to become one of the defining voices of 1960s hard bop. In our 1992 interview by Bill Brower and Steve Rowland, Hubbard looked back to the Brooklyn music scene in the early 60s.
Rank #9: Christian McBride
With a style steeped in jazz, classical, funk and hip hop -- Christiane McBride has played on more than three hundred recordings. The Philadelphia born bassist is one of the most sought after players in jazz. Our producer David Goren talked with McBride about the Philly tradition, his own work in jazz and the shrinking distances in the world of music.
Rank #10: Gary Burton (Recast)
Vibraphonist Gary Burton's album Hot House with pianist Chick Corea has been nominated for two Grammy awards this February. Burton's also demonstrated a knack for discovering and collaborating with great guitarists -- Bill Frisell, Mick Goodrick, Pat Metheny and most recently 24 year old Julian Lage. In a Jazz at Lincoln Center Listening Party, Burton and Lage discuss their "chamber" approach to jazz and the unique sound of the "guitarvibe."