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Bill Evans.

January 25, 2013 The usually quiet and reserved musical genius opens up about his approach and philosophy.

Interviews & Profiles

Bill Evans continued to perform and record up until his death in 1980.

February 27, 2008 Evans' lyricism and Western classical flourishes have proven highly influential to today's pianists.

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American jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis sits with his horn during a studio recording session, October 1959.

January 24, 2000 Reviewer Tom Moon gives a listen to the classic 1959 jazz recording Kind of Blue.

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The cover of The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album

August 1, 2001 Teamed with famed jazz pianist Bill Evans, Bennett shows off his inventive, interpretive voice.

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The cover of Kind of Blue

August 1, 2001 Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is frequently cited as the best-selling jazz album in history.

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The cover of Undercurrent

August 1, 2001 Guitarist Hall's career spanned five decades. In 1963, he joined Bill Evans to record a duo session.

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February 9, 2006 Musician and critic David Was reviews the collection, and finds some nice surprises in the mix.

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Reviews

September 5, 2007 Two new reissues, both recorded in the fall of 1958, showcase a pair of legendary jazz pianists.

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December 21, 2005 For lovers of jazz music, the year 2005 brought a wealth of reissues by critical artists.

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The cover of The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album

August 1, 2001 Teamed with famed jazz pianist Bill Evans, Bennett shows off his inventive, interpretive voice.

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The cover of Kind of Blue

August 1, 2001 Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is frequently cited as the best-selling jazz album in history.

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The cover of Undercurrent

August 1, 2001 Guitarist Hall's career spanned five decades. In 1963, he joined Bill Evans to record a duo session.

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Branford Marsalis (right) and Joey Calderazzo.

June 8, 2011 Inspired by their own album of duets, we asked the jazzmen to name their favorite pairings.

Leprechaun plushie.

March 15, 2011 Hear some jazz songs that wear green, at least in their titles, in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

NPR Music staffers have put away sun-soaked songs for more reflective, autumnal fare.

October 26, 2010 As we try to coin "hoodie jams" as a catchphrase, we invite you to share your favorite fall music.

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

December 1, 2009 We remember the idiosyncratic Jim Hall with a five-song introduction to his music by Rez Abassi.

Thanks to fellow bassist Milt Hinton's prodding, Oscar Pettiford moved to New York and became one of bebop's most innovative musicians.

February 23, 2009 Hear the groundbreaking work of five bassists who helped shape the sounds of classic jazz.

fallen leaf.

November 10, 2008 Let these five jazz confessionals prepare you for a season of the high lonesome in autumn.

Peace sign.

September 8, 2008 Hear five beautiful jazz performances, each of which celebrates the spirit of "Peace Day."

The Village Vanguard, 1976.

May 5, 2008 Hear five notable glimpses into the world's most famous jazz joint.

Eliane Elias.

February 27, 2008 Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias picks five favorite small-group and solo recordings of Bill Evans.

Broken Heart.

February 11, 2008 Hear heartbreaking songs of love lost, performed by some of the greatest jazz singers of all time.

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