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John Zorn's latest album is Dreamachines, which is inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs' cut-up techniques.

Listen John Zorn: The Fresh Air Interview

September 3, 2013 – At 60, the composer is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before.


Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music.

Read Jazz With A Jamaican Accent KMHD

August 30, 2013 – For late summer, here are five songs inspired by the island's characteristic riddims. KMHD

Dave Douglas.

Listen Dave Douglas On Piano Jazz

August 30, 2013 – The boundary-pushing trumpeter plays Mary Lou Williams tunes with Marian McPartland in 2000.


Christie Dashiell performs as part of the Kennedy Center's Discover Series.

Listen Christie Dashiell, Alfredo Rodriguez On JazzSet WBGO

August 29, 2013 – A former Sing-Off contestant and a Cuban pianist bring something new to the Kennedy Center. WBGO


Sathima Bea Benjamin in 1974.

Read How One Singer Made Four Debut Albums

August 29, 2013 – The late South African vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin launched her career after several false starts.

Albert Murray in 1974.

Read What Albert Murray Taught Us About Jazz

August 24, 2013 – The late author and cultural theorist was behind many of the ways jazz music is commonly perceived.

Kenny Barron.

Listen Kenny Barron On Piano Jazz

August 23, 2013 – Barron performs "Clouds" and pairs with host Marian McPartland for "How Deep Is The Ocean?" in 2003.


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz featured performances and conversation with a variety of pianists, including Ray Charles and Dave Brubeck.

Read Fresh Air Remembers 'Piano Jazz' Host Marian McPartland

August 23, 2013 – For more than 30 years, the jazz pianist hosted one of public radio's most beloved shows.


The Branford Marsalis Quartet.

Listen Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet WBGO

August 22, 2013 – Hear the first host of JazzSet bring his long-running quartet to the Napa Valley Opera House. WBGO


Of Marian McPartland's "Twilight World," the great singer Tony Bennett once said, "Well, that song will last forever. It's a beautiful song."

Listen Twilight World: Remembering Marian McPartland

August 21, 2013 – The pianist valued sophisticated harmonies, aching melodies and a tremendous emotional range.


Jimmy Cobb.

Listen Jimmy Cobb: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

August 21, 2013 – At 84, the drummer of Miles Davis' first great quintet brings together an international band. WBGO


Orrin Evans.

Read 'Beauty' On Orrin Evans' Block

August 21, 2013 – Evans can be a heavy hitter at the keyboard, but on his new album, he reins himself in a bit.


Marian McPartland.

Read Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist And NPR Host, Has Died

August 21, 2013 – For more than 40 years, she brought conversations with jazz greats to an audience of millions.


John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore were all saxophonists and teamed up in 1973 to form the short-lived trio S.O.S.

Watch 'Looking For The Next One' Reveals Underappreciated Sax Trio

August 20, 2013 – John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore could sound timeless, of and ahead of their time.


Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie perform.

Watch From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

August 20, 2013 – The Cuban trumpet player discusses the legacy of jazz and his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie.


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