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Clarinet and saxophone player Paquito D'Rivera wore a James Moody T-shirt during a recent recording session in Brazil.

Read For The Love Of James Moody: Five Tributes WBGO

October 19, 2012 – Many of Moody's former colleagues line up to play for "the most beloved jazz musician in the world." WBGO

Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie on tour in Europe in 1991. Sandoval's new album, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), is a tribute to his friend and mentor.

Read Days With Dizzy: Arturo Sandoval On His Trumpet Mentor

May 12, 2012 – The Cuban trumpeter befriended Dizzy Gillespie when the American jazzman visited Havana in 1977.


Dizzy Gillespie in 1947.

Read A Concerned Dizzy Gillespie Explains All Of Human History

April 6, 2012 – The jazz legend scored a soundtrack and voiced the character Father Time for a short animated film.

James Moody

Read The Many Moods Of James Moody WBGO

November 23, 2010 – Millions of listeners know the music of James Moody, even if they don't know him by name. WBGO

Dizzy Gillespie, 1947

Read Dizzy Gillespie: Trumpet Pyrotechnician WESA

October 19, 2010 – Dizzy Gillespie wasn't content to stick with music people could dance to. WESA

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.

A collage of records.

Listen The First Five: One Man's Introduction To Jazz

April 30, 2009 – Years ago, a record-store clerk gave Tom Cole a vital tutorial, in the form of these five albums.


Listen Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, New York Voices In Concert WBGO

January 14, 2009 – The big band played a special Gillespie celebration with New York Voices to ring in 2009. WBGO


Hiromi Uehara.

Read Ring In The New Year With Jazz WBGO

December 30, 2008 – Hear a preview of NPR's New Year's Eve "Toast of the Nation" bash with jazz from across the country. WBGO

Dizzy Gillespie.

Listen Dizzy Gillespie On Piano Jazz

July 25, 2008 – Gillespie joined host Marian McPartland in 1985 to talk and play love Cuban music, one of his loves.

Joao Gilberto was one of the key bossa nova pioneers.

Read The Birth of Bossa Nova WBGO

June 2, 2008 – Here are five songs from the magical era when the gentle sound of Brazil hypnotized the world. WBGO

Listen Guest DJ Ray Davies

March 27, 2008 – Former frontman for The Kinks Ray Davies shares some of his favorite music.


Listen Reflecting on 50 Years of Monterey Jazz

September 20, 2007 – A musician reflects on the Monterey Jazz Festival and reviews a new set of archival Monterey CDs.


Charlie Parker, ca. Aug. 1947.

Listen Charlie Parker: 'Bird Lives!' Part 1

August 29, 2007 – He was one of the greatest improvisers in jazz and co-inventor of the music called "Bebop."


Listen Dizzy Gillespie's Cold War Jazz Diplomacy

October 16, 2006 – The legendary musician toured political hot-spots in 1956 as a U.S. cultural ambassador.


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