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Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

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An impromptu bongo beat became a full-on tribute to James Brown, and suddenly a band had a new repertoire. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Alexander and her ensemble honor the Godfather of Soul.

Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul In Concert

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Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert

Following a high-energy main stage set — filled with turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — the young pianist and singer brought his band out into the audience.

Jon Batiste And Stay Human In Concert

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Live In Los Angeles

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With its newest album, the swing revivalists honor a clear pioneer to their dance-friendly approach: Bandleader Cab Calloway. Lead singer Scotty Morris leads the band from Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy In Concert

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Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

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For one weekend each January, the epicenter of the New York jazz community is a marathon two-night downtown festival. Hear from Donald Harrison, Gretchen Parlato, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more.

Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

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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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Wynton Marsalis Septet: Live In New York

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Much as families reunite for holidays, Jazz at Lincoln Center's artistic director convened his own reunion of sorts at the end of the year. His working band of the '90s came together to ring in 2014.

Wynton Marsalis Septet: Live In New York

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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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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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