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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.

Judy Garland (right) sang "I Got Rhythm" in the 1943 movie version of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy.

Read Evolution Of A Song: 'I Got Rhythm' WBGO

February 9, 2011 – Little did George Gershwin know that his lovable song would evolve into something far greater. WBGO

Sad Santa.

Read 5 Depressing Blues Songs For Christmas  Jazz24

December 14, 2010 – So "Jingle Bells" isn't your cup of egg nog? Try these blues-infused Christmas killjoys instead. Jazz24

Read Inside Wolfgang's Jazz Vault: Newport 1959 WBGO

December 30, 2009 – Hear choice cuts chosen from 27 archival Newport Jazz Festival concerts recently released online. WBGO

Read Big Apple Jazz: Five Picks From The Orchard WBGO

October 19, 2009 – Hear five crisp jazz tunes, all of which relate in some way to a certain favorite fall fruit. WBGO

Read All Their Loving: Jazz Covers The Beatles

September 9, 2009 – As the landscape of popular music changed, jazz players found themselves interpreting the Fab Four.

Listen Ledisi, The Count Basie Orchestra In Concert WBGO

December 18, 2008 – Unrehearsed and unplugged, Ledisi shines with the Basie rhythm section — and later the whole band. WBGO


Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus on the cover of Money Jungle.

Read September Songs: Classic Jazz, Born In The Fall WBGO

September 2, 2008 – In the world of jazz, September sessions have produced some special recordings. WBGO

With the help of great arrangers such as Neal Hefti, Ernie Wilkins, Benny Carter, and Quincy Jones, bandleader Count Basie relaunched his career after the big-band era had already passed.

Listen Count Basie: The Man and His Music, Pt. 3

June 4, 2008 – The sophisticated groups of the bandleader's post-war rebirth confirmed his place in jazz history.


Though Count Basie's band received lukewarm reviews on their first stint in New York, the public warmed up to it quickly.

Listen Count Basie: The Man and His Music, Pt. 2

May 28, 2008 – Its conception unique, its talent unmatched, no group ever swung harder than the early Basie band.


Though he came of age in New Jersey and New York City, Count Basie developed his band's trademark sound largely in Kansas City.

Listen Count Basie: The Man and His Music, Pt. 1

May 21, 2008 – The pianist and bandleader learned Harlem stride and Kansas City blues before joining jazz royalty.


Read The Count Basie Orchestra with Ledisi in Concert WBGO

January 7, 2008 – The Basie band's joyous swing meets the resounding voice of rising star Ledisi in San Francisco. WBGO

Read Jazz for the Holiday Season, from WBGO WBGO

December 19, 2007 – WBGO's Gary Walker has a few suggested jazz pairings for eggnog and yule logs. WBGO

Listen Count Basie, Ani DiFranco, Califone

January 27, 2004 – Down in the valley with Greg Brown; Indie folk punk from Ani DiFranco; The electronic experiment...

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