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Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring.

Watch Why Jazz Musicians Love 'The Rite Of Spring'

May 26, 2013 – Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky's ballet has inspired generations of improvisers.

Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Listen Cécile McLorin Salvant On Piano Jazz

May 24, 2013 – Salvant discusses her journey to discover jazz, and Jon Weber accompanies her in "I Can't Dance."


Duke Ellington rehearses for a 1973 concert in London's Westminster Abbey.

Read Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight WFIU

May 23, 2013 – After writing partner Billy Strayhorn died, the great composer experienced a burst of productivity. WFIU

Chris Potter.

Listen Chris Potter Quartet On JazzSet WBGO

May 23, 2013 – Embark on a musical odyssey, inspired by Homer's epic, at the Village Vanguard in New York City. WBGO


Best known for bright, accessible modern jazz, Pat Metheny takes on an experimental composer's work with the new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20.

Read Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

May 21, 2013 – On Metheny's latest, the jazz guitarist takes an evocative approach to Zorn's knotty compositions.


Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984.

Read Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

May 20, 2013 – A new anthology packs four CDs with music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small.


Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Listen Rudresh Mahanthappa On Piano Jazz

May 17, 2013 – Mahanthappa brings an explosive blend of jazz and South Indian classical music to the studio.


Grady Tate.

Listen Grady Tate On Piano Jazz

May 17, 2013 – The much-celebrated drummer trades in his skins for a microphone in a Piano Jazz session.

Woody Herman in 1946.

Read Woody Herman At 100: 'A Blues Player From His Heart'

May 16, 2013 – A reedman, talent scout and bandleader, Herman led "Herds" that were both popular and respected.

Miguel Zenón.

Listen Miguel Zenón Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

May 15, 2013 – The Puerto Rican saxophonist's stunning quartet of 10 years presents new music in concert. WBGO


Gregory Porter.

Watch Gregory Porter: A Lion In The Subway WBGO

May 14, 2013 – Watch a world-class jazz singer perform "Be Good (Lion's Song)" on a vintage Brooklyn train car. WBGO

Trombonist and arranger Melba Liston is one of the women featured in a new documentary about female instrumentalists in jazz, The Girls in the Band.

Watch A DIY Guide To The History Of Women In Jazz

May 10, 2013 – As "Women in Jazz Day" officially hits New York City, here are more resources on the subject.

Jane Monheit.

Listen Jane Monheit On Piano Jazz

May 10, 2013 – Marian McPartland accompanies the vocalist on music from the Gershwins, Duke Ellington and more.


Donny McCaslin.

Listen Donny McCaslin On Piano Jazz

May 10, 2013 – The tenor saxophonist plays "Take the 'A' Train" and "All the Things You Are" with host Jon Weber.


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