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Matt Ulery performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in August 2013.

Watch Matt Ulery's Loom: Tiny Desk Concert

October 19, 2013 – The bassist composes beautiful, unpretentious music for an unusual jazz band with accordion.


Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs his Abyssinian Mass in 2008.

Watch Wynton Marsalis Goes Back To Church For 'Abyssinian Mass'

October 19, 2013 – The trumpeter and bandleader is touring his gospel-jazz Abyssinian Mass — with a 70-voice choir.


Charlie Parker started playing as a boy, when his mother gave him a saxophone to cheer him up after his father left. He went on to spearhead a musical revolution.

Read The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music

October 19, 2013 – In Kansas City Lightning, Stanley Crouch tracks the jazz legend's early years and rise to fame.


Betty Buckley.

Listen Betty Buckley On Piano Jazz

October 18, 2013 – The Broadway and screen actress joined Marian McPartland in 2007 for a session of standards.


Chris Lightcap performs at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

Listen Chris Lightcap's 'Lost And Found New York' On JazzSet

October 17, 2013 – The rhythm of the city drives a suite by Lightcap and Bigmouth, performing in Santa Cruz, Calif.


Keyboardist and producer Bob James' 1970s work helped to establish the sound of smooth jazz — and lives on in hip-hop samples galore.

Read Five Songs By The 'Rhodes Scholar' Keyboardist Of Hip-Hop

October 17, 2013 – Bob James' proto-smooth jazz featured infectious melodies and riffs — as rap producers know well.

Elvis Costello.

Listen Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

October 11, 2013 – Costello joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi to perform "At Last" and more.

Catherine Russell.

Listen Catherine Russell On 'Song Travels'

October 11, 2013 – Hear "Mood Indigo" as a bluesy duet between the jazz singer and host Michael Feinstein.


Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews, has started a foundation dedicated to music education in New Orleans.

Read A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students

October 10, 2013 – At 27, Trombone Shorty is already an icon. So the bandleader is nurturing even younger local talent.


Geof Bradfield's suite traces Melba Liston's (pictured) life story through her work with Dizzy Gillespie and Randy Weston.

Listen Geof Bradfield's 'Melba!' On JazzSet

October 10, 2013 – Bradfield's suite traces Melba Liston's life story through her work with Gillespie and Weston.


Melissa Aldana performs with her Crash Trio, including bassist Pablo Menares.

Listen Melissa Aldana Crash Trio: Live At Berklee WBGO

October 9, 2013 – The Chilean, 24, came to the U.S. with little English, little money and lots of saxophone. WBGO

Ahmad Jamal.

Read Ahmad Jamal Weaves Old And New On 'Saturday Morning'

October 9, 2013 – The jazz pianist isn't playing the way he did 60 years ago, now that he's finished warming up.


Melissa Aldana, 24, took after her father in pursuing jazz saxophone.

Watch A Saxophonist From Santiago Cracks The Stateside Scene

October 9, 2013 – Thelonious Monk Competition winner Melissa Aldana comes from a community of Chilean jazzistas.

Carline Ray.

Listen Carline Ray On Piano Jazz

October 4, 2013 – The multi-instrumentalist joins Marian McPartland for Duke Ellington and Gershwin tunes in 1997.


Helen Sung performs at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.

Listen Helen Sung On JazzSet WBGO

October 3, 2013 – The pianist adapts classical dances to jazz format at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. WBGO


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