"It was part of a beautiful, long story," Dee Dee Bridgewater says of hosting JazzSet. "It has been a highlight of my career." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Christian McBride in rehearsal at the Kennedy Center. Jeffrey Kliman/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center. hide caption

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Backstage at the Kennedy Center tribute concert to Abbey Lincoln, left to right: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves. Becca Pulliam/WBGO hide caption

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

A Tribute To Abbey Lincoln On JazzSet WBGO-FM

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson sing from the Abbey Lincoln songbook.

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In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation. Carol Friedman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard presents Aaron Diehl with the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship. Mark Sheldon/American Pianists Association hide caption

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Concerts

A Jazz Piano Showdown On JazzSet

Hear Aaron Diehl and other finalists from the American Pianists Association's competition.

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Ella Fitzgerald performs with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band in 1947. That's Gillespie to her right, in complete awe. William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr hide caption

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Geri Allen (left) and Esperanza Spalding perform together at the Mary Lou Williams Festival in 2010. Margot Schulman/ hide caption

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Dee Dee Bridgewater performs at the 2009 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Margot Schulman/Kennedy Center hide caption

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In prior recordings, Dee Dee Bridgewater has paid homage to Horace Silver, Ella Fitzgerald and Kurt Weill. Mark Higashino hide caption

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Bennie Maupin performs at the 2009 Detroit Jazz Festival. David Tallacksen hide caption

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