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The Terence Blanchard Quintet performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Listen Terence Blanchard Quintet, Live In Concert WBGO

August 4, 2013 – The trumpeter's high-functioning group of sleek modernists are joined by guitarist Lionel Loueke. WBGO


Marcus Miller performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Watch NPR Music Presents The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival

August 3, 2013 – Relive the festival with sets by Wayne Shorter, Gregory Porter, Mary Halvorson and more.

Dawn of Midi. Left to right: drummer Qasim Naqvi, bassist Aakaash Israni and pianist Amino Belyamani.

Read From A Jazz Trio, Hypnotic Work That Hardly Sounds Like Jazz

August 3, 2013 – Dawn of Midi uses acoustic instruments to create what sounds like looping, minimal electronic music.


Get ready for the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Read What To Expect From The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival Webcast

August 2, 2013 – Robert Glasper, Marcus Miller and Wayne Shorter with Herbie Hancock highlight our live stream.

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.

Listen Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On JazzSet

August 1, 2013 – Hear the two-piano duo make a "unique sound that is the sum of both of us" at the Kennedy Center.

Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Read 5 To Watch: Newport Jazz Festival Debuts

July 31, 2013 – The granddaddy of jazz festivals has branched out in recent years in search of new names.

Clarinetist Darryl Harper discovered jazz as a teenager in Philadelphia.

Read 'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

July 30, 2013 – On the clarinetist's new album, the blues might be modernized or tweaked, but it's never far away.


Steve Berrios performs with the Fort Apache Band in New York City earlier in 2013.

Read 'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios

July 29, 2013 – Few had the late Fort Apache Band drummer's intuition for both jazz and Afro-Cuban music.

Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul.

Read Piano Mastery, Trinidadian Trumpet, Singing Apes: New Jazz

July 27, 2013 – Sample recordings from Harold Mabern, Etienne Charles, the band Black Host and Lauren Desberg.


Dick Hyman.

Listen Dick Hyman On Piano Jazz

July 26, 2013 – The fleet-fingered pianist returns to perform Gershwin and improvise with host Marian McPartland.

Read Black History Meets Black Music: 'Blues People' At 50

July 26, 2013 – In 1963, a "theoretical endeavor" offered a new history: one from an African-American perspective.

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón performs with pianist Laurent Coq at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

Listen Miguel Zenón And Dafnis Prieto On JazzSet WBGO

July 25, 2013 – The saxophonist and the drummer rework the music of their respective islands at Newport. WBGO

José James.

Read José James On World Cafe WXPN

July 22, 2013 – The jazzy, soulful singer challenges himself throughout his latest album, No Beginning, No End. WXPN


Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner

Read Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines

July 20, 2013 – The session bassist plays metal, R&B, hip-hop and jazz, folding all of it into his own music.


Lalo Schifrin.

Listen Lalo Schifrin On Piano Jazz

July 19, 2013 – The composer behind the Mission: Impossible theme plays a set spanning Stravinsky and Gillespie.


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