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Cecile McLorin Salvant: Live In Washington, D.C.

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A 24-year-old with a taste for finely aged songs, the vocalist was one of the breakout jazz stars of 2013. Accompanied by pianist Aaron Diehl's trio, she performs at the Mary Lou Williams Festival.

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Live In Washington, D.C.

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Donald Harrison Quintet: Live At Berklee

A Jazz Messenger, a Young Lion, a New Orleans torchbearer, a mentor for new talent: when leading bands, the "King of Nouveau Swing" merges all that and more.

Donald Harrison Quintet: Live At Berklee

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Bobby McFerrin's 'spirityouall': Live At Monterey

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The vocal gymnast comes from a musical family — his father was the first African American man to sing at the Metropolitan opera. He sings his own takes on spirituals and then some — with his daughter.

Bobby McFerrin's 'spirityouall': Live At Monterey

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Paquito D'Rivera performs with the Kaia String Quartet. Aaron Edwards/Courtesy of the Latino Music Festival/WFMT Radio Chicago hide caption

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Paquito D'Rivera: Live In Chicago

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The Cuban-born reedman has made a career out of crossing genres. So Chicago's Latino Music Festival invited him to perform with jazz and classical musicians, and the Festival's director gets involved.

Paquito D'Rivera: Live In Chicago

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Convergence With Larry Goldings: Live In Denver

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Every month, the Colorado-born sextet of over 20 years gathers from far and wide at the Denver club Dazzle. This particular month, Convergence welcomed a special guest on the Hammond B-3 organ.

Convergence With Larry Goldings: Live In Denver

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Wynton Marsalis: New Year's Eve On JazzSet

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Assisted by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, the trumpeter and bandleader offers a celebratory double helping of the early pioneers.

Wynton Marsalis: New Year's Eve On JazzSet

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Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band plays the Monterey Jazz Festival. Tomas Ovalle/Courtesy of the Monterey Jazz Festival hide caption

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Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band On JazzSet

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The Big Phat Band makes its Monterey Jazz Festival debut with "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Hunting Wabbits," inspired by Carl Stalling's 1940s scores for Warner Brothers cartoons.

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band On JazzSet

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Left to right: Stanley Cowell, Andy Bey, Michele Rosewoman and Sullivan Fortner team up on "Jingle Bells" during A Jazz Piano Christmas. NPR hide caption

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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2013

Every year, NPR Music invites some of the world's best jazz keyboard players to Washington, D.C., for a special performance of holiday tunes. Hear Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, and others perform.

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Dee Alexander And The Evolution Arkestra On JazzSet

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The vocalist mixes funk with electric soul in a live tribute to Jimi Hendrix and James Brown in Chicago. As she launches into the James Brown half of the show, she encourages the crowd to dance.

Dee Alexander And The Evolution Arkestra On JazzSet

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Patrick Cornelius: Live In Concert

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After releasing his fourth album earlier this year, the alto saxophonist premieres a new set of compositions: a suite for jazz octet inspired by A.A. Milne's poetry for children.