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The 2013 Americana Music Association Honors And Awards Show

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This week, the Americana music industry gathered at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to honor the best and brightest in its corner of the music world. Listen to a recording of the entire show.

The 2013 Americana Music Association Honors And Awards Show

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Gregory Porter (center) performs with saxophonist Yohsuke Satoh at the annual Strings of Autumn International Music Festival in Prague. Petra Hajska/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gregory Porter On JazzSet

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Prague is home to the Strings of Autumn International Music Festival where, in October 2012, jazz singer Gregory Porter brought down the house. Applause between songs ran for a minute or longer.

Gregory Porter On JazzSet

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Live At The Village Vanguard

Dave King Trio

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Known for experimentation, The Bad Plus' drummer performs conventional modern jazz on the side. With two underground rhythm-section guys, he travels to one of New York City's most prestigious clubs.

Dave King Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Christie Dashiell, Alfredo Rodriguez On JazzSet

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Dashiell's vocal delivery is so easy, you can barely hear her breathe. Rodriguez's control and dynamics make the piano sing, sweat and shake as he plays the music of Cuba.

Christie Dashiell, Alfredo Rodriguez On JazzSet

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Sarah Jarosz performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival. Meagan Beauchemin/NPR hide caption

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Newport Folk Festival

Sarah Jarosz, Live In Concert

Sarah Jarosz was still in high school when she signed her record deal, and she released her debut album shortly thereafter, but the versatile bluegrass star seemed to emerge fully formed in her music.

Sarah Jarosz, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

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Newport Jazz Festival

Joshua Redman Quartet, Live In Concert

The sight of the saxophonist raising his foot during a gritty solo has become common to Newport Jazz crowds. His latest record is a collection of ballads, but this program isn't quite so calm.

Joshua Redman Quartet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet

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Marsalis' philosophy is that the music should evolve and be challenging, should center on the melody and convey emotions. Hear him bring his long-running quartet to the Napa Valley Opera House.

Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet

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Live At The Village Vanguard

Jimmy Cobb

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The drummer is 84 — he's been around the jazz scene for a while. He was the drummer on Miles Davis' late-'50s and early-'60s masterpieces. These days, he's still touring the world and leading bands.

Jimmy Cobb: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Mountain Stage

Amanda Shires On Mountain Stage

The gifted fiddler and her husband, Jason Isbell, perform songs from her latest album, Down Fell The Doves, on West Virginia's most famous stage.

Amanda Shires On Mountain Stage

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Sean Jones, Jeff 'Tain' Watts On JazzSet

The trumpeter and the drummer each bring high-energy bands to the Detroit Jazz Festival.