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Matt Wilson.

Listen Matt Wilson's Arts And Crafts: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

September 5, 2012 – A colorful drummer who proudly deploys his goofy joy, Wilson leads a long-running band in concert. WBGO

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Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set.

Read The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

September 5, 2012 – Years later, the writer of the iconic Billie Holiday song was tied to another event in U.S. history.

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Matt Wilson.

Read The Drummer Who Blows Bubbles At Gigs

September 4, 2012 – Wilson's Arts and Crafts band has adapted to its leader's "slightly warped wavelength."

Antibalas.

Read Antibalas On World Cafe WXPN

September 4, 2012 – The rhythm-intensive Afrobeat ensemble is back with its first album in nearly five years. WXPN

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Miguel Zenon.

Read Miguel Zenon And Laurent Coq Play 'Hopscotch'

September 3, 2012 – Kevin Whitehead says Rayuela is breezy, romantic and occasionally reminiscent of a disturbing dream.

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Read A Work Song For Labor Day

September 3, 2012 – A Nat Adderley melody, its economical brilliance and what it means to have the blues.

Luciana Souza has two new albums out, Duos III and The Book of Chet.

Read Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova To Chet Baker

August 31, 2012 – The Brazilian singer's two new albums of cover songs explore her love of both jazz and bossa nova.

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Cassandra Wilson.

Read Cassandra Wilson On World Cafe

August 31, 2012 – The jazz singer plays songs from her new album, Another Country, which explores Latin music.

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Drummer Jimmy Cobb plays at the 2012 Heineken Jazzaldia, the international jazz festival in San Sebastian, Spain.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: Aug. 31, 2012

August 31, 2012 – Drummer Jimmy Cobb questioned, a poetic Jazz Passenger and goodbye to bassist Charles Flores.

Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine," a favorite song of listener Melanie Cowart's parents, became a fitting symbol for their relationship.

Read Cole Porter Scores An Interracial Couple's Highs And Lows

August 30, 2012 – A listener explains how one of her parents' favorite songs became a fitting symbol of their romance.

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Marcus Belgrave will be featured at this weekend's Detroit Jazz Festival.

Read Detroit's Jazz 'Patriarch' Improvised A Teaching Career

August 29, 2012 – A big profile of trumpeter Marcus Belgrave emphasizes how he nurtured Detroit's jazz stars.

Pianist Kris Bowers performs in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He was later named the winner.

Read Could Thelonious Monk Win The Jazz Competition Named After Him?

August 28, 2012 – A debate on the nature of music contests, and a vision of a future beyond them.

Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli.

Read Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty WBUR

August 27, 2012 – The young Berklee-trained violinist dedicates his new album to the late legend Stephane Grappelli. WBUR

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Renaud Garcia Fons performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

Watch Renaud Garcia-Fons: Tiny Desk Concert

August 27, 2012 – Watch the renowned double bassist thump, strum and loop his way through three mesmerizing songs.

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The cover to Donald Byrd's Black Byrd, one of the hit albums for Byrd in the '70s.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: Aug. 24, 2012

August 24, 2012 – The Thelonious Monk Competition, disco jazz and a legendarily wild record label, assessed.

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