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Eddie Palmieri.

Listen Eddie Palmieri On Piano Jazz

April 12, 2013 – The pianist plays raucous original tunes with an Afro-Caribbean flavor with host Marian McPartland.


Laurence Hobgood.

Listen Laurence Hobgood On Piano Jazz

April 12, 2013 – Kurt Elling's pianist and arranger joins host Jon Weber for Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way."


Earl "Fatha" Hines' band featured the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Read Earl Hines: Big Bands And Beyond On A New Box Set

April 11, 2013 – Hines' right hand played lines in bright, clear octaves. His left hand had a mind of its own.


Jeff Ballard.

Listen Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

April 10, 2013 – With his ever-changing Fairgrounds band, a top drummer gets to mix and match his favorite musicians. WBGO


A group of musicians and major donors pose with Lionel Hampton's vibraphone at the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month launch. From left: Mark Dibner of The Argus Fund, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Fran Morris Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, pianist Randy Weston, Richard Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald foundation and Smithsonian American History Museum Director John Gray.

Read The Creators Of Jazz Appreciation Month Start Celebrating

April 9, 2013 – Drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez and pianist Randy Weston donated items to the Smithsonian.

Jan Bang performs a live remix at the Punkt Festival.

Watch How Norway Funds A Thriving Jazz Scene

April 6, 2013 – For Norwegian musicians, it literally pays to dream big — and to write lots of grant applications.

Mose Allison.

Listen Mose Allison On Piano Jazz

April 5, 2013 – The influential vocalist and pianist plays some originals, as well as standards by Duke Ellington.


Chick Corea performs with the SFJAZZ Collective at the SFJAZZ Center opening night.

Watch Chick Corea And SFJAZZ Collective: Live At SFJAZZ

April 2, 2013 – The pianist and an all-star ensemble tackle an arrangement of the epic, extended-narrative "Spain."

Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father.

Watch Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

March 31, 2013 – Ibrahim Maalouf's four-valve trumpet plays "blue notes" common to jazz and Middle Eastern styles.


"It's about being here in the moment, accepting one another and allowing creativity to flow." - Stefon Harris

Read Stefon Harris: Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

August 23, 2013 – Jazz composer Stefon Harris says many actions are seen as mistakes but they can be opportunities.


Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.

Read The Women In Charge Of The Band WFIU

March 29, 2013 – Jazz musicians like Lil Armstrong, Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams drove their own ensembles. WFIU

Shirley Scott

Listen Shirley Scott On Piano Jazz

March 29, 2013 – The Queen of the Organ solos on "Skylark" and joins host Marian McPartland on "In a Mellow Tone."


Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.

Read Bebo Valdés, Giant Of Cuban Music, Is Dead

March 22, 2013 – The pianist, who enjoyed international fame late in life, was a prime mover of 20th Century Havana.

Matt Munisteri.

Listen Matt Munisteri On 'Song Travels'

March 22, 2013 – Munisteri and Michael Feinstein share tunes that, while forsaken by the past, are easy to remember.


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