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All Songs +1: Our Most Memorable Tiny Desk Jazz Sets

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New Mix: Liz Phair, Ra Ra Riot, Vijay Iyer, More

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Music From The Sublime To The Old Time

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Newport Jazz 2009

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The Vijay Iyer Trio performs at Le Poisson Rouge for the NYC Winter Jazzfest on Saturday, Jan. 7. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Vijay Iyer Trio in Concert at Winter Jazzfest

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Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava and jazz musician Vijay Iyer's project Radhe Radhe: a visually and sonically dazzling collaboration. KPO Photo/courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts hide caption

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For three years, jazz musician Vijay Iyer has worked with poet and performer Mike Ladd to set the words of war veterans to music. The resulting album, released earlier this month, is called Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vijay Iyer On Learning From War

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Vijay Iyer In Studio On WBGO 10/9/09

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Losing Jazz's Preconceptions With 'Historicity'

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'Mystic Brew' by Vijay Iyer Trio

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The Vijay Iyer trio (L-R): Stephan Crump, Marcus Gilmore, Vijay Iyer. Lynne Harty hide caption

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