A look at the influence of the visits of Duke Ellington before and after World War II.
Miles Davis chosen by Adrian Utley of Portishead.
Courtney Pine explores John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, fifty years after its release.
Mark Coles profiles the Queen of Soul.
A look at the remarkable life and music of Aretha Franklin who has died aged 76.
David Bowie's Sound and Vision, recorded by all musicians individually at home
When a David Bowie tribute act hears his idol has died, a strange week unfolds.
Benji Kirkpatrick is performing Jimi Hendrix songs with no electric guitar in sight.
Journalist Jonathan Coffey re-opens the secret FBI files on Leonard Bernstein
On Christmas Day 1989, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven's Choral Symphony.
Acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop remembers her mentor, the great Leonard Bernstein.
Singer and actress Pauline Black chooses a jazz legend, the singer Billie Holiday.
Billie Holiday's centenary is celebrated by four leading jazz musicians and her biographer
Ken Barnes explores how a beloved singer became king of radio.
An exploration of the spiritual side of the music of Bob Dylan.
An exploration of the spiritual side of the music of Bob Dylan as the singer turns 70.
A musical portrait of how the jazz trumpeter Miles Davis became a painter in later life.
A cast of musicians, writers and poets reflect as Bob Dylan turns 70.
Memories of the night when Bob Dylan dropped into a pub in London to sing his songs.
Poet Benjamin Zephaniah explores the life of reggae legend Bob Marley.
This 1975 concert marked the ‘crossover’ of reggae into popular music.
An eye-witness remembers the night gunmen tried to kill the global reggae star.
The story of how three trips to South America in the 1950s changed Pierre Boulez's life.
The actress and singer talks about how she captured the spirit of Billie Holiday on stage
Ken talks to Soweto Kinch about saxophonist Charlie Parker, one of the founders of bebop.
Ken Clarke and Soweto Kinch discuss the relationship between two jazz pioneers.
Charlie Parker - Bird - proposed by Ken Clarke
Kevin Le Gendre discovers how Louis Armstrong came to play jazz in communist East Germany.
Charles Hazlewood and Debbie Wiseman with the BBC CO on composing for the cinema.
Cerys Matthews celebrates one of her musical heroines, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.