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Billie Holiday topped Jazz24's list of the greatest jazz vocal songs with "Strange Fruit."

Read The Mix: 50 Great Jazz Vocals Jazz24

February 7, 2013 – We asked our audience to rank their favorite lyrical songs in the jazz canon. Listen to the results. Jazz24

Muddy Waters, c. 1979.

Read 5 Blues Songs That Feel Your Midwinter Chill Jazz24

January 18, 2013 – Muddy Waters and Blind Willie McTell have music to help you through a month that never seems to end. Jazz24

Charlie Christian

Read Five Pioneers Of Electric Jazz Guitar Jazz24

January 15, 2013 – Every guitarist now playing owes something to at least one of these pioneering jazz guitarists. Jazz24

Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ and keyboard player, will present his CHURCH ensemble.

Read 5 New Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2013 WBGO

January 11, 2013 – Unpredictability is key at the annual New York showcase, which emphasizes new bands and projects. WBGO

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2012.

Listen NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012

December 22, 2012 – The albums that sum up our year span genres and borders while making life better all around.


M.I.A. rocks out in 2012.

Read NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2012

December 22, 2012 – This is what 2012 sounded like: the songs that made us laugh and the ones that cried with us.

Mokoomba, a rising young band of Tonga musicians from Zimbabwe

Read Top 10 World Music Albums Of 2012

December 18, 2012 – This year, a youthful strain of techno-Afropop musicians stepped into the spotlight.

The Stray Birds released one of the finest debuts of the year.

Read Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums Of 2012 FolkAlley

December 15, 2012 – The best folk and roots of the year, from solo musicians to stomping bands, focused on community. FolkAlley

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's new album is called Christmas Time Is Here.

Read 5 Jazz Christmas Albums For 2012

December 14, 2012 – These recordings range from deep meditation on the Christian narrative to more offbeat celebration.

In 2012, the British MC Chunky (left) began working as a producer and made one of our favorite tracks of the year.

Listen Top 10 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012

December 14, 2012 – A sampler of the many genres — garage, techno, house and bass music — that made us want to move.

The Vijay Iyer Trio is Marcus Gilmore (left, drums), Iyer (center, piano) and Stephan Crump (right, bass).

Read Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – Dancing in rhythm, and exemplifying creativity, here are 10 records which belong to a great lineage.

Pianist Jeremy Denk, whose album of Ligeti and Beethoven landed on our Top 10 Classical of 2012.

Listen Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – Ten albums released this year that you absolutely, positively won't want to miss.


Best Music of 2012: The Complete List.

Read Best Music Of 2012: The Complete List

December 5, 2012 – The list of lists. See all of NPR Music's 2012 favorites in one place.

What do you want for the holidays?

Read The NPR Music Holiday Gift Wish List

November 23, 2012 – Our staff picks out a lavish holiday wish list, from the practical to the fantastical.

Bill Withers posing for a portrait around 1973.

Read Still Bill: 5 Bill Withers Covers

November 19, 2012 – His ability to be earnest but never simplistic has made his songs the favorites of others.

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