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Coleman Hawkins in 1946.

Read Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center Jazz24

November 21, 2012 – Starting in the 1920s, Hawkins made an afterthought of an instrument into a star attraction. Jazz24

Drummer Pete La Roca plays during the May 19, 1965 recording session for his album Basra.

Read Pete La Roca, Top Post-Bop Jazz Drummer, Has Died

November 20, 2012 – Born Peter Sims, the percussionist was a first-call player in New York's '50s and '60s heyday.

Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s.

Read The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

November 21, 2012 – A new 10-CD box set collects the complete works of the colossus who straddled jazz and blues.


Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) and his student Robert (Jaron Williams) take a minute with trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, playing himself, at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe.

Read 'Treme,' Ep. 30: Doing One Thing Right WBGO

November 19, 2012 – Recap the episode in music with living legend Lionel Ferbos, Irvin Mayfield and the Pinettes. WBGO

Bill Charlap performs at KPLU in Seattle.

Watch Bill Charlap: The American Songbook, Handled With Care Jazz24

November 17, 2012 – Watch the pianist take circuitous routes through "All the Things You Are" and "Sophisticated Lady." Jazz24

Mary Lou Williams.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

November 16, 2012 – Top ten deaths to listen to before you jazz, Blue Note's branding and Marian on Mary Lou.

Dayna Stephens.

Watch Dayna Stephens Quartet : Live At Berklee WBGO

November 15, 2012 – The bi-coastal rising-star sax man, known for his work with Kenny Barron, leads his own band live. WBGO

The late saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded for Thrill Jockey with drummer Hamid Drake.

Read The Jazz Side Of Thrill Jockey Records KMHD

November 15, 2012 – Known for rock, the Chicago-based record label has often embraced creative improvised music. KMHD

Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007.

Watch Bob French, New Orleans Drummer And Bandleader, Has Died

November 13, 2012 – For decades, he led the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, a group in existence for more than 100 years.

Desiree (Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc) takes the initiative to document shady construction projects.

Read 'Treme,' Ep. 29: Heckuva View WBGO

November 12, 2012 – Recap the music of the episode, featuring Sonny Landreth, Lil Queenie Harris and some "modern jazz." WBGO

Tuba player Bob Stewart led a quintet at the pond in the southeast corner of Central Park.

Read 30 Intimate Jazz Concerts In One Gigantic Park

November 12, 2012 – This weekend, New York's Central Park hosted 30 different groups all playing the same songs.

Pete Malinverni.

Read Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz

November 9, 2012 – The pianist, composer and teacher joins Marian McPartland in Harold Arlen's standard "Get Happy."


Trumpeter Ted Curson, depicted here on the cover of his album Urge, died last Sunday morning.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

November 9, 2012 – RIP Ted Curson, a new jazz singer and the Jazz Composers Collective's modern history.

Omer Avital.

Watch Omer Avital's Band Of The East: Live In Concert WBGO

November 8, 2012 – A top-notch jazz musician, the Israeli bassist surfaces his Middle Eastern roots in his own music. WBGO


Watch Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

November 8, 2012 – Yirga finds his way into standards with a voracious talent that savors each musical flavor.


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