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NOTE: Dates correspond to when NPR provides each JazzSet show to radio stations, which can then broadcast the program any time within the following two weeks. Air days, dates and times vary widely across the country. Consult our JazzSet stations list for this information in your area.

December 28
Kennedy Center Jazz: Bill Charlap Trio

Wynton Marsalis discovered 15-year-old trumpeter Dominick Farinacci in a school band in Cleveland; now he's making award-winning CD's and studying at Juilliard. Charlap tries to keep his age a secret in this performance with renditions of "While We're Young," "Last Night When We Were Young," and "I Was So Young (and You Were So Beautiful)." Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci opens.

December 21
Kate McGarry and Esperanza Spalding @ Sculler's

Dee Dee Bridgewater hosts two sets from Sculler's Jazz Club in Boston. Since 1989, Sculler's has been home to top-rated and up-and-coming artists. We're here for two remarkable women who are already up-and-running -- both bright sparks for the future of jazz.

December 14
Putumayo Holiday Concert from New Orleans

The Putumayo World Music New Orleans Christmas CD comes to life onstage at the Howlin Wolf in New Orleans, and on the air on JazzSet. Banjoist Don Vappie and his Creole band offer Cajun holiday delights, Topsy Chapman sings with a sweet gospel sound, Ellis Marsalis swings "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and more. The concert benefits the Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village project, where the performance space is named for Ellis Marsalis.

December 7
Arturo O'Farrill leads the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Arturo O'Farrill leads the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland Alive with fast-paced percussion and wind instruments, the music of Chico O'Farrill (1921-2001) is full of fire. Drums speak, saxophones duel, a guitar plays bluesily, and trumpets soar in orchestrations conducted by Chico's son Arturo from the piano.

November 30
The 2006 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival

Christian McBride is guest host as Dee Dee Bridgewater takes the stage on JazzSet at the 2006 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Dee Dee sang at the first Women in Jazz Festival in 1996, where she featured music by Horace Silver. Now she's brought an awesome Latin band, with song lyrics in English, French and Spanish.

November 23
Henry Butler and the Nachito Herrera Quartet

For Nachito Herrera and Henry Butler, home is in the music. Though currently residing in the Twin Cities, Herrera's music still reflects his life in Cuba where he directed the high-energy band Cubanismo. For Butler, being displaced by Katrina has not stopped him from delivering the essence of ragtime, jazz classics, and New Orleans wherever he is.

November 16
Catherine Russell

Nat Hentoff writes that with singer Catherine Russell "it's all one energy -- the band, the audience, the melody, the lyric, the swing. From blues to ballads, she tells an unusual variety of stories as if she were living them, and she has." Experience Catherine's amazing energy in this performance.

November 9
Brubeck Brothers

Chris and Dan Brubeck are multi-talented sons of jazz legend Dave Brubeck. With Chris on trombone and bass and Dan on drums, the brothers carry the rhythmic pleasures forward with funk beats, waltzes, and five-to-the-bar fun on original compositions and Dave Brubeck classics. Will Boulware joins the performance on piano with Mike DeMicco on guitar.

November 2
Kennedy Center Jazz: Christian McBride Band

Bassist Christian McBride has a zeal for diversity. According to Billboard Magazine, McBride's "love of '70s fusion rears its head in his intricate arrangements, while his passion for straight-ahead jazz and funk gives [his music] a warm, spontaneous feeling." His band features Ron Blake, Geoffrey Keezer, and Terreon Gulley.

October 26
Feet Don't Fail Me Now! Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis

Years ago when few black southerners in New Orleans could afford proper funerals, social-and-pleasure clubs provided them. Brass bands played somber dirges for the processions, and then burst into dance music for the parade home. Founded in 1977, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band revives this age-old musical tradition for an inspiring performance. The Dixie Hummingbirds open.

October 19
Jeff Hamilton Trio from Los Angeles @ Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo

Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Dee Dee Bridgewater are all fans Jeff Hamilton and his trio. Hamilton demonstrates the reason he has these fans as soon as he starts creating textures on his drums and cymbals using the palms of his hands and his fingertips.

October 12
Jon Faddis Quartet @ the Jazz Standard in New York

Trumpeter Jon Faddis leads his quartet in seductive music from his CD Teranga. Guest percussionists from Africa add an international appeal to the program.

October 5
Joe Lovano Quartet @ Sanders Theatre, Harvard University

Joe Lovano's sprawling tenor rolls confidently through the beautiful, historic Sanders Theatre where Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King all spoke. James Weidman plays piano, with Boston star Esperanza Spalding on bass and Francisco Mela from Cuba on drums and cymbals.

September 28
Kennedy Center Jazz Ernestine Anderson and Diva

A swinging lady with a wise voice, Ernestine Anderson sings a great set at the 2006 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. The all-woman band Diva follows up with a salute to Ella Fitzgerald. "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" features young Anat Cohen on clarinet. Sherrie Maricle is the leader of Diva.

September 14
Omar Sosa at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall chose Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa and his Bay Area band to open their new underground performance space. Sosa's piano and the cheers from the audience will lift your radio right off the table.

September 7
"When the Spirits Dance Mambo" with Paquito D'Rivera @ NJPAC, Newark

Paquito D'Rivera brings Cuban-born musicians to the spotlight in this performance. The show features Las Hermanas Marquez -- two sisters who sing and play maracas -- and guest trombonist Generoso Jimenez. The musicians explore the lyrical side of Afro-Cuban jazz, full of humor and memories of an earlier Havana.

August 31
A Kennedy Center Jazz Tribute to Shirley Horn: "Here's to Life"

The Kennedy Center celebrates 2005 NEA Jazz Master Shirley Horn. At this star-studded tribute, Jeremy Pelt plays "You Won't Forget Me," Lizz Wright sings "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and Regina Carter plays "Too Late Now." In her velvety whisper, Shirley Horn brings the show to a climax with an unforgettable rendition of "Yesterday."

August 24
Three Baritone Saxes @ IAJE in Long Beach

Ronnie Cuber, Howard Johnson, and Gary Smulyan play Gerry Mulligan compositions in three-part harmony, speeding around tight corners in polished style for a young audience at the International Association of Jazz Education annual conference.

August 17
Robert Glasper Trio @ Regattabar
El Eco @ Ryles

In a headline move, the Blue Note label signed young pianist Robert Glasper and released his CD Canvas. Across the river in Cambridge, Argentine drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz drives his band, with guest Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica.

August 10
J&R Music Festival in Lower Manhattan

Guest host Rhonda Hamilton shares some new music in anticipation of the J&R outdoor festival in New York's City Hall Park.

August 3
Kennedy Center Summer Jazz Festival

The Makoto Ozone Trio, the Steve Wilson Generations Band, and the Dave Holland Big Band make the summer even hotter with performances at the Kennedy Center Jazz Summer Festival.

July 27
SFJAZZ Collective from San Francisco @ Chicago

Joshua Redman leads this stellar eight-piece group from San Francisco with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, and Renee Rosnes on piano.

July 20
Anton Schwartz @ Yoshi's in Oakland for the Winter Solstice

The longest night of the year makes an excellent playing field for Schwartz and his quintet. Featuring pianist Taylor Eigsti and guitarist Julian Lage, the band makes even this night seem too short.

July 13
Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa @ Santa Fe

As a young Zulu worker in South Africa, Joseph Shabalala dreamed of male voices singing in harmony. He taught the parts to family members and friends, and since then their a cappella sound has moved the world. At Santa Fe Jazz Festival, the Ladysmith Black Mambazo's concert sold out so fast that they added a second show.

July 6
Rene Marie @ the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival @ the Kennedy Center

Vocalist René Marie is a gem. She opens with her own "Red Shoes" and "Disconnect," interprets a page from the Leonard Cohen songbook, then celebrates Nina Simone. A stunning a cappella "Smile"-themed medley is just one of the highlights of this original, intelligent set.

June 29
John Hicks, Hilton Ruiz, Nicholas Payton's Armstrong Tribute

This JazzSet opens with remembrances of the late pianists John Hicks and Hilton Ruiz, both of whom died unexpectedly in Spring 2006. Then we revisit the 2000 Monterey Jazz Festival for New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton's salute to New Orleans trumpeter Louis Armstrong, a signal figures in all of jazz.

June 22
A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee

According to Variety, "The crème de la crème from the worlds of cabaret and jazz gathered at Carnegie Hall to remember Miss Peggy Lee." Dee Dee Bridgewater gives us a torchy "Black Coffee" and a sizzling "Fever," Jane Monheit is lovely on "Samba de Orfeu," and Cy Coleman sings his own "Hey, Big Spender." Others explore songs written by the fascinating Peggy Lee. Presented by the JVC Jazz Festival.

June 15
Joshua Redman Band @ Yoshi's

Joshua Redman and his flexible trio work their jazz magic for this performance at Yoshi's in Oakland, Calif. The band features Sam Yahel on organ and Brian Blade on drums.

June 8
Joey DeFrancesco Trio @ Yoshi's

Inspiration comes directly from the ruler of jazz organ, Jimmy Smith (1928-2005), who shares title billing with DeFrancesco on the CD Legacy, and was to appear at this performance. Guest James Moody joins in this tribute, and Bill Cosby sits in on drums.

June 1
James Moody's 80th Birthday Celebration with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band @ the Kennedy Center

"Sweet music that's groovy, the sounds of James Moody." Jimmy Heath wrote those lyrics in honor of Moody, who is young at heart and quick on his feet for this 80th birthday celebration. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band pays homage to Moody with new singer Roberta Gambarini at the helm.

May 25
Vancouver Jazz Festival Highlights

The Vancouver Jazz Festival has proven to be a great West Coast counterweight to the famed Montreal festival. This week, JazzSet brings you highlights from 2005's high energy show in Vancouver, including Jane Bunnett and Denzal Sinclaire.

May 18
Steps Ahead @ the 2005 Montreux Jazz Festival

Mike Mainieri's pioneering jazz/fusion group is grown up and gorgeous on "Pools" by Don Grolnick, "Wishing Well" by Mike Stern," and "Safari" by Michael Brecker (who could not make the tour, due to illness). Young Cuban pianist Harold Lopez opens, winner of a 2005 Montreux Jazz solo competition.

May 11
Jamie Cullum at North Sea Jazz Festival

From the world's largest indoor jazz festival, we have Jamie Cullum (Sinatra in Sneakers?) with Toots Thielemans, and Cristina Branco singing Portuguese fado with French accordionist Richard Galliano. Music from Radio Netherlands.

May 4
Fred Hersch @ the Village Vanguard

Pianist Fred Hersch has a beautiful touch and awesome harmony. In this performance, Hersch demonstrates his style in the historic Greenwich Village basement club.

April 27
Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis brings his great young band from the Big Easy to Beantown to perform at Scullers Jazz Club, and on JazzSet, thanks to WGBH Radio.

April 20
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with Regina Carter

Violinist Regina Carter joins the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for a lively performance that is sure to captivate.

April 13
'Three Guitars' featuring Larry Coryell, Badi Assad, and John Abercrombie @ the Kennedy Center Jazz Club

From JazzTimes to DownBeat magazines, reviewers love the music of Three Guitars. The band's strong sound comes from guitar idols John Abercrombie and Larry Coryell, with Brazilian newcomer Badi Assad exciting audiences on guitar, vocals, and body percussion.

April 6
Kennedy Center Festival - Saluting Diz and the Bean

Dr. Billy Taylor and Jon Faddis reminisce over Dizzy Gillespie's music, and the Lew Tabackin Quartet celebrates saxophone pioneer Coleman Hawkins with the Ellington composition "Self-Portrait of the Bean."

March 30
Bill Charlap Trio @ the Kennedy Center

Charlap's elegant lyric sensibility can be heard on more than 50 recordings including Stardust, the songs of Hoagy Carmichael; Somewhere, the music of Leonard Bernstein; and his most recent CD, The American Soul, a salute to George Gershwin. Charlap's longtime trio features Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

March 23
2005 North Sea Jazz Festival Highlights

Whether it is in The Hague or in Rotterdam, (as it will be in 2006), the North Sea Jazz Festival is an amazing show. With simultaneous stages and a star-studded lineup, the festival is highly regarded by jazz enthusiasts.

March 16
48th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Highlights: Carla Bley

Carla Bley premieres "Now Appearing at the Black Orchid," a spoof of her brief career as a cocktail pianist, long before she became the well-known composer.

March 9
Toots Thielemans @ Tanglewood

Even in his eighties, Toots Thielemans shows no signs of slowing down. The world traveler has been known to play for two hours straight with no intermission. Following this performance at Tanglewood, his pianist, Kenny Werner, said that everything had been "just right" onstage.

March 2
Sweet Honey in the Rock

Led by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, this Grammy-winning a cappella ensemble of women came together in 1973 and have been making a name for themselves ever since. Their musical roots are deep in the sacred music of the black church as well as jazz and blues.

Feb. 23
Marlena Shaw @ the Kennedy Center

When Count Basie auditioned her, he left the bandstand and came back with two little glasses of wine, one for him and one for her. He told her "Save your voice, sugar, you're going to need it for tonight." That same voice will enchant you in this performance from the Kennedy Center.

Feb. 16
Mardi Gras Special

JazzSet joins the festivities with great moments from Bobby McFerrin and the Astral Project, Los Hombres Calientes and more for this first post-Katrina Mardi Gras.

Feb. 9
Swinging Music, Small Venues -- A Salute to Clarence Gatemouth Brown (1924-2005)

We pay tribute this week to New Orleans jazz legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. In this '99 performance at BB King's in Memphis, you can hear the fusion of blues, country, big band, and rock n' roll that made him a master of his craft.

Feb. 2
Steve Wilson's "Generations" @ the Kennedy Center

Pianist Billy Childs, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Ben Riley join saxophonist Steve Wilson for this amazing performance at the Kennedy Center. Wilson plays more often with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, so a chance to hear him lead is not to be missed.

Jan. 26
Andy Narell & Calypsociation @ the Portland Jazz Festival

Andy Narell's stunning sound on the Caribbean steel pan can make you forget the instrument's humble origins as the head of an oil barrel. While in Paris, Narell discovered Calypsociation, a large-scale steel pan orchestra, and began writing for it. JazzSet captures this awesome ensemble onstage at McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon.

Jan. 19
Eliane Elias & Cassandra Wilson

Jazz standouts Cassandra Wilson and Eliane Elias are together this week for a musical one-two punch. Both women possess distinctive sounds that draw you deep inside their music for an experience that is unforgettable.

Jan. 12
Cyrus Chestnut at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

The jazz standards "Jitterbug Waltz" and "Body and Soul" get the Cyrus Chestnut treatment in this powerful performance. Chestnut is known in the jazz community for his unique and sometimes humorous approach to making music.

Jan. 5
TS Monk at Kennedy Center

TS Monk is a second-generation artist, a dynamite drummer and bandleader, and chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. TS plays Bobby Watson's "Appointment in Milano" and his father's "'Round Midnight."

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