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Gary Bartz performs at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival. The saxophonist is often cited as a messenger of black empowerment in music.

Read Five Jazz Songs Of The Freedom Struggle

June 19, 2012 – For Juneteenth, today's jazz luminaries reflect on recordings about African-American emancipation.

A real skeletal jazz band.

Read Five Hauntingly Hip Sides For Your Jazz Halloween WFIU

October 27, 2011 – Dig the grave, gone sounds of some wickedly good music, including a brass-filled "Thriller." WFIU

In 1926, everyone did the Charleston on ice.

Read Five Jazz Sides For The Age Of Prohibition WFIU

September 27, 2011 – The banning of alcohol and the subsequent rise of speakeasies played a role in jazz's evolution. WFIU

O Brother, Where Art Thou album cover

Read T-Bone Burnett On 10 Years Of 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'

August 23, 2011 – The super-producer plays cuts from a new deluxe edition of the massively successful film soundtrack.


Got your burger ready?

Read Five Platters For Your Fourth Of July Picnic WFIU

June 30, 2011 – As America's birthday approaches, here are five tasty offerings for your Fourth of July celebration. WFIU

Read Branford Marsalis And Joey Calderazzo's Top Five Jazz Duos

June 8, 2011 – Inspired by their own album of duets, we asked the jazzmen to name their favorite pairings.

Cootie Williams of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Read Duke's Men: Ellington's Loyal Improvisers WBGO

April 12, 2011 – Hear five of The Maestro's finest sidemen, all of whom he targeted for their strengths. WBGO

Duke Ellington signs his biography in London in 1958, with Billy Strayhorn in the background.

Listen A Duke Ellington Masterpiece, Saved From History's Basement

January 5, 2011 – In 1940, two amateurs made what would become a Grammy-winning recording -- 40 years later.


Miles Davis and the letter E

Read Take The 'A' Train: Jazz By The ABCs WESA

August 10, 2010 – Wouldn't literacy education be more fun through jazz? Hear an A-through-E guide and tell us more. WESA

Soprano Jessye Norman

Listen Jessye Norman: Back To Her 'Roots'

June 29, 2010 – Hear the celebrated soprano talk about her first new solo record in more than 10 years.


Duke Ellington

Read Duke Ellington At 111

April 29, 2010 – On his birthday anniversary, here are a few features from the NPR archives about The Maestro.

Stephane Grappelli

Read Swing Strings: Five Jazz Violinists

April 27, 2010 – Hear five examples of the way the instrument has blended seamlessly into decades of jazz.

Thanks to fellow bassist Milt Hinton's prodding, Oscar Pettiford moved to New York and became one of bebop's most innovative musicians.

Read The Bottom Line: Bass On Top WBGO

February 23, 2009 – Hear the groundbreaking work of five bassists who helped shape the sounds of classic jazz. WBGO

Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy.

Listen Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 2

November 26, 2008 – The bandleader's compositions present an indelible contribution to American music's legacy.


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