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Roscoe Mitchell is one of six jazz musicians awarded the Doris Duke Artist Award for 2014.

Read 13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million

Winners of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundations 2014 arts grants include 13 jazz musicians.

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band's new album, Landmarks, comes out April 29.

Listen First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

April 20, 2014 – Jazz star, singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan drummer, preacher's son: he distills it all into his band.

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Donald Fagen (left) and Walter Becker of Steely Dan.

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April 18, 2014 – Donald Fagen and Walter Becker play their "Josie" as well as "Mood Indigo" and "Hesitation Blues."

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The late virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius enjoyed only a relatively brief career, but was influential to musicians across genres.

Listen Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary GPB

April 18, 2014 – Metal superstar Robert Trujillo is funding a film of his hero, the late Jaco Pastorius. GPB

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Jason Moran and The Bandwagon perform in the KC Jazz Club.

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April 17, 2014 – The pianist's Bandwagon trio offers a unique take on Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose" and more. WBGO

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Herbie Hancock speaks at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Induction Ceremony 2013 at Harvard University. The JJA awarded the pianist with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday.

Read Jazz Journalists Association Recognizes Its Musicians Of The Year

April 15, 2014 – Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the musicians awarded for achievement in the year 2013.

Marie Marcus.

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April 11, 2014 – Cape Cod's "First Lady of Jazz" performs a medley of tunes by Fats Waller, her stride-piano mentor.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Listen Dee Dee Bridgewater On 'Song Travels'

April 11, 2014 – The singer performs two of Billie Holiday's signature songs: "Loverman" and "God Bless the Child."

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Jayne Cortez in 1996. The poet often recorded her poems to improvised music.

Read 5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz

April 11, 2014 – Hear a sampling of collisions between the written word and the improvised solo.

Billy Childs.

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April 10, 2014 – The pianist's quartet makes psychic connections to Freddie Hubbard in a set from The Blue Whale. WBGO

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The late Wayne Henderson toured with an incarnation of The Crusaders in 1995.

Read Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

April 7, 2014 – With his fellow Houston natives, the trombonist started a band that would encompass more than jazz.

Mulgrew Miller onstage in 2011 in Potenza, Italy.

Listen Mulgrew Miller On Piano Jazz

April 4, 2014 – Miller's unique harmonic and rhythmic style comes through in "Carousel," from a 2002 session.

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Matthew Stevens performs at Berklee College of Music, with bassist Vicente Archer.

Listen Matthew Stevens Group: Live At Berklee WBGO

April 2, 2014 – Few young jazz guitarists are as highly tipped as Stevens, who plays from his forthcoming debut. WBGO

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Matthew Stevens will record his debut album this year.

Read A Guitarist Starts Anew, Except For This Old Song

April 1, 2014 – Matthew Stevens has mostly moved on from his shelved debut album. But one tune remains in rotation.

Dianne Reeves.

Read Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz

March 28, 2014 – One of the preeminent jazz singers of our time sings "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" and more.

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