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Read In Time For The World Cup, Explorative New Music From Brazil WBGO

June 13, 2014 – As the world's eyes turn to Brazil, hear five songs from Rio's jazz-influenced Flame Collective. WBGO


Wynton Marsalis leads a group of musicians through upper Manhattan's Riverside Church for the New Orleans-style funeral of vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in 2002.

Read In Memoriam: Jazz Elegies WFIU

May 25, 2014 – Some of jazz's most powerful melodies were written in memory of late colleagues. Hear five examples. WFIU

Sun Ra's music sounds like it was intercepted from another world.

Read Act Like You Know: Sun Ra

May 22, 2014 – On his centennial, we look at the Afro-futurist jazz master's evolution via five essential songs.

Armando Peraza, center, was a key member of Santana for nearly three decades.

Read Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant

May 1, 2014 – Hear five songs from a man whose nearly 70-year career bridged Charlie Parker to Carlos Santana.

The vocal trio KING features production from Paris Strother, a jazz-trained pianist.

Read The Art Of Cool: 5 Bands At The Borders Of Jazz

April 25, 2014 – North Carolina's Art of Cool Festival has assembled a lineup marked by deep jazz influences.

Jayne Cortez in 1996. The poet often recorded her poems to improvised music.

Read 5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz

April 11, 2014 – Hear a sampling of collisions between the written word and the improvised solo.

Donny Hathaway remains widely admired in jazz, but much of his repertoire has yet to be tapped by improvisers.

Read 5 Donny Hathaway Covers By Jazz Musicians

January 17, 2014 – The singer remains influential in jazz, but improvisers have yet to fully mine his repertoire.

Lionel Loueke (left) and Miguel Zenon (right) join Jeff Ballard in the drummer's rhythm-oriented trio.

Read 5 Must-See Projects At Winter Jazzfest WBGO

January 8, 2014 – In 2014, the New York music marathon includes new works from Jeff Ballard, Tillery and Aruán Ortiz. WBGO

The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording.

Read Wade In The Water: 5 Jazz Takes On Spirituals WFIU

December 5, 2013 – The African-American folk songs, a byproduct of slavery, were later embraced by many improvisers. WFIU

Keyboardist and producer Bob James' 1970s work helped to establish the sound of smooth jazz — and lives on in hip-hop samples galore.

Read Five Songs By The 'Rhodes Scholar' Keyboardist Of Hip-Hop

October 17, 2013 – Bob James' proto-smooth jazz featured infectious melodies and riffs — as rap producers know well.

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.

Read Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers WBGO

September 20, 2013 – The soprano tells WBGO that studying jazz vocalists influenced the way she interprets songs. WBGO

Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music.

Read Jazz With A Jamaican Accent KMHD

August 30, 2013 – For late summer, here are five songs inspired by the island's characteristic riddims. KMHD

Woody Shaw made his first recordings 50 years ago at age 18.

Read Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator

August 14, 2013 – An icon for the generation that followed him, Shaw was the jazz trumpeter of the 1970s.

Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Read 5 To Watch: Newport Jazz Festival Debuts

July 31, 2013 – The granddaddy of jazz festivals has branched out in recent years in search of new names.

Louis Armstrong spoke out against the federal government regarding racial issues, but happily played the National Anthem at Newport in 1960.

Read Patriotism And Protest: Jazz For July 4

July 4, 2013 – Improvised takes on American patriotic songs range from the reverent to the ironic.

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