Wynton Marsalis, Immanuel Wilkins, Melanie Charles play NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’

A jazzy start to NPR Music’s Black History Month programming.

NPR Music has shared three jazz Tiny Desk performances for Black History Month: JLCO Septet with Wynton Marsalis, Immanuel Wilkins and Melanie Charles.

Premiered last week, the three videos kick off the broadcaster and media brand’s Black History Month programming, which will feature Black artists spanning different genres and generations over four weeks.

Charles and the Marsalis-led Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet decided to stage their sets in musically significant environs: for the former, the Williamsburg Music Center, one of Brooklyn’s last surviving Black-owned jazz venues; and for the latter, Dizzy’s Club at the Lincoln Center.


Wilkins, on the other hand, opted for a more intimate space: he performed “Grace and Mercy,” “Warriors” and “The Dreamer”—all from his 2020 debut album Omega—with his quartet from his childhood home in Philadelphia.

Other artists set to perform NPR Tiny Desk sets for Black History Month include Giveon, KeiyaA, Meshell Ndegeocello, Wizkid, Bartees Strange and more. See the full line-up here.

Marsalis, Wilkins and Charles join the likes of Nubya Garcia, Jon Batiste and Terri Lynne Carrington in gracing the NPR Tiny Desk. Watch their performances below.


JLCO Septet with Wynton Marsalis:

Immanuel Wilkins:

Melanie Charles:

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