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Henry Cole.

Watch Henry Cole And The Afrobeat Collective: Live In Concert WBGO

May 30, 2012 – As part of an 11-piece band, the drummer locates the African heart of Caribbean party music. WBGO

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L-R: Dan Blake, Julian Lage, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland perform on Toast of the Nation.

Listen Julian Lage Trio: Live In Concert WGBH

January 1, 2012 – The guitarist called top sidemen Eric Harland and Larry Grenadier for a party at his alma mater. WGBH

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Billy Childs.

Listen Billy Childs Quartet: Live In Concert WBGO

January 1, 2012 – The L.A.-based pianist and composer rung in 2012 with good friends at the intimate Blue Whale. WBGO

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Wynton Marsalis.

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January 1, 2012 – The trumpeter leads a Jazz at Lincoln Center band in the music of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. WBGO

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Junior Mance.

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January 1, 2012 – The bluesy veteran pianist brought a young group to Denver for the Boppin' at the Vineyards concert. KUVO

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L-R: Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo and Dianne Reeves perform at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival.

Listen Sing The Truth! Live In Concert WBGO

January 1, 2012 – Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright perform songs of empowerment and love. WBGO

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Billy Taylor.

Listen A Tribute To Billy Taylor: Live In Concert WBGO

January 1, 2012 – An all-star cast of musicians gather in Washington, D.C. to salute the pianist and jazz ambassador. WBGO

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JD Allen

Listen JD Allen Trio: Live In Denver

January 4, 2011 – The tenor saxophonist leads his hard-charging trio out west with a couple of stellar guest soloists.

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Billy Taylor

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January 4, 2011 – NPR Music remembers its late colleague during the Toast of the Nation broadcast.

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Dianne Reeves

Listen Dianne Reeves: Live In San Francisco WBGO

January 1, 2011 – The jazz singer is a powerhouse -- a caretaker of a hearty delivery that goes anywhere she imagines. WBGO

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Von Freeman

Listen Von Freeman And Ed Petersen: Live In Chicago WBGO

January 1, 2011 – The godfather of the Chicago jazz scene and his protege -- both tenor sax players -- jam every year. WBGO

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The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York

Listen Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra Of New York: Live In Washington, D.C. WBGO

January 1, 2011 – The big band has an acclaimed professional in every chair — not least of all its leader. WBGO

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Lionel Loueke Trio

Listen Lionel Loueke Trio: Live In Boston WGBH

January 1, 2011 – In 10 years, the combo nominally led by the Beninese guitarist has developed an incredible rapport. WGBH

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Listen Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Live In Los Angeles WBGO

January 1, 2010 – The swing revivalists honor a clear pioneer to their danceable approach: Bandleader Cab Calloway. WBGO

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