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Versatile guitarist Frank Vignola has clearly studied Django Reinhardt-style jazz.

Read Django's Legacy: 21st-Century Gypsy Jazz Jazz24

October 5, 2012 – Decades after Django Reinhardt pioneered his distinct style, it's being adapted by bands like these. Jazz24

Wayne Shorter's 2003 album Alegria finds the saxophonist and composer matching his quartet with orchestral textures.

Read 5 Great Works Of Modern Chamber Jazz

June 25, 2012 – Bassist Matt Ulery picks some of his favorite mergers of classical and folk music with the blues.

Artwork from the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra's 1970 album Consummation.

Read That '70s Swing: Big Bands And Bell Bottoms WFIU

December 6, 2011 – In the age of rock, big bands offered musical power from non-electric sources. Hear five examples. WFIU

Jazzanova.

Read Do The Astral Plane: Five Songs Where Jazz Meets Electronic Music WBGO

November 15, 2011 – Sampled saxophones and cymbals have re-emerged in dance halls, in innovative forms of house music. WBGO

Spanish flamenco guitarist Tomatito joined Dominican pianist Michel Camilo on the Latin Grammy Award-winning Spain.

Read Flamenco Jazz: Five Songs Where Andalusia And America Meet WBGO

October 13, 2011 – When these cross-continental art forms meet, the result is beautifully rhythmic and dramatic. WBGO

The Saxophone Colossus (that's Sonny Rollins at left) played on The Rolling Stones' "Waiting on a Friend."

Read Jazz Artists On Five Classic Pop-Rock Sides WFIU

July 27, 2011 – Did you know that Sonny Rollins played on a Rolling Stones song? Hear that and other jazz cameos. WFIU

KWEM in West Memphis was, in many ways, a springboard for blues artists on their way to greater glory, including guitarist B.B. King.

Read Oh, Mama! A Tale Of Two Cities' Memphis Blues Jazz24

June 15, 2011 – Memphis and West Memphis made many great contributions to early acoustic and electric blues. Jazz24

Can classical music get down and party?

Read From Bach To Satie: Jazz Takes On Classical Jazz24

May 10, 2011 – Can classical music get down and party? Some jazz musicians sure think so. Jazz24

R.L. Burnside

Read Dragging The Blues Into The 21st Century Jazz24

January 12, 2011 – Hear five examples of how blues music is holding up in a world of loops and remixing technology. Jazz24

Ravi Shankar

Read Facing The East: Indo-Jazz Fusion WBGO

August 24, 2010 – Hear five works that engage American jazz improvisation and the ragas of Indian classical music. WBGO

If Louis Jordan's "Ain't That Just Like a Woman" doesn't point the way to rock, nothing does.

Read Post-War Rhythm And Blues: Bridging Jazz, Rock Jazz24

May 11, 2010 – Without jazz, rock 'n' roll might never have happened. At least it wouldn't have happened as it did. Jazz24

Benny Jones

Read Five New Orleans Brass-Band Jams WBGO

April 19, 2010 – Hear five songs from New Orleans' modern brass-band tradition that are bound to make you move. WBGO

Fats Waller seemed to pack 10 lifetimes of fun into his 39 years on the planet.

Read Stride Piano: Bottom-End Jazz Jazz24

April 12, 2010 – In 1920, the next evolutionary step from ragtime piano wasn't a step at all; it was a stride. Jazz24

Poncho Sanchez

Read Mambo! Afro-Cuban Takes On Jazz Classics

February 22, 2010 – Hear five Latin versions of songs written by jazz musicians, featuring Poncho Sanchez and more.

One of the two known photos of Robert Johnson. This portrait was taken by the Hooks Bros. Photography Company in Memphis, Tenn., circa 1935.

Read Mississippi Delta Blues: American Cornerstone Jazz24

February 16, 2010 – Delta blues is powerful music that's also, by turns, stark, poetic, eerie, humorous and beautiful. Jazz24

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