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 "It's a matter of understanding the vocabulary, in my opinion," pianist Aaron Diehl says of stride-piano music. "That stuff isn't meant to be played note for note."

Listen Aaron Diehl On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 16, 2012 – Hear Diehl's modern take on the music of the time-honored masters of stride and swing.

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 Sachal Vasandani's vocal revelation stems back to middle school: "I would raise my hand to do a scat solo on one of the jazz choir songs and found out that the ideas that were in my head were coming out a lot easier in my voice than on the French horn."

Listen Sachal Vasandani On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 10, 2012 – Right now, no one sounds like the young singer, who swings on standards and originals in a session.

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 Kris Bowers opens this session with a soulful, prepared-piano version of Juan Tizol's "Caravan": "It's important to remember that [the piano] is a percussive instrument."

Listen Kris Bowers On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – From prepared piano to quiet ballads, the pianist keeps a wide sonic palette in orbit.

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Julian Lage.

Listen Julian Lage On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – Lage has soulful and serious conversations with his guitar, and with Piano Jazz host Jon Weber.

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 Tammy McCann says that improvisation was the "hardest thing in the world to do coming from classical to jazz."

Listen Tammy McCann On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – McCann's extensive vocal background crosses genres, as she uses operatic melodies to scat.

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 Grace Kelly says that the first saxophonist she heard was Stan Getz: "I just fell in love with his sound, his tone. To me, he sounds like the human voice coming through the saxophone."

Listen Grace Kelly On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – The alto-saxophone phenom duets with host Jon Weber in "The Way You Look Tonight" and more.

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"I think solo piano is always the loneliest art form," Taylor Eigsti says. "It's fun, but I think it takes a while for it to become fun at times."

Listen Taylor Eigsti On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – The young pianist inaugurates a new program highlighting the jazz legends of tomorrow.

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