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Artwork from the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra's 1970 album Consummation.

Read That '70s Swing: Big Bands And Bell Bottoms WFIU

December 6, 2011 – In the age of rock, big bands offered musical power from non-electric sources. Hear five examples. WFIU

Willie "The Lion" Smith in his New York City apartment in 1947, smoking a signature stogie.

Read Willie 'The Lion' Smith: Stride Piano's Uptown Ruler Jazz24

November 23, 2011 – The life of Willie "The Lion" Smith was the stuff of legend, but his music backs up his boasts. Jazz24


Read Do The Astral Plane: Five Songs Where Jazz Meets Electronic Music WBGO

November 15, 2011 – Sampled saxophones and cymbals have re-emerged in dance halls, in innovative forms of house music. WBGO

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

Norman Granz at his office in July 1987.

Read The Man Who Used Jazz For Justice

October 20, 2011 – Granz put artists like Ella Fitzgerald into concert halls while striking a blow for civil rights.

Spanish flamenco guitarist Tomatito joined Dominican pianist Michel Camilo on the Latin Grammy Award-winning Spain.

Read Flamenco Jazz: Five Songs Where Andalusia And America Meet WBGO

October 13, 2011 – When these cross-continental art forms meet, the result is beautifully rhythmic and dramatic. WBGO

Illinois Jacquet.

Read Five Titans Of Texas Tenor Sax Jazz24

October 6, 2011 – These saxophonists have a robust, sometimes raw sound that mixes swing, bebop, blues and soul. Jazz24

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

Stanley Clarke performs on stage during the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival in 2007.

Read Popping And Bopping: The Electric Bass In Jazz Jazz24

September 6, 2011 – From '70s fusion on down, hear five electric bassists who turned the spotlight on the low end. Jazz24

Artwork for Bill Potts' 1959 album, The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess.

Read Five Classic Jazz Takes On 'Porgy And Bess' WFIU

September 1, 2011 – The controversial Gershwin opera has long been an inspiration to jazz musicians. Hear five songs. WFIU

Sheet music for W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues."

Read Evolution Of A Song: 'St. Louis Blues' WBGO

August 10, 2011 – Hear five versions of the popular W.C. Handy song, performed by five of America's top jazz artists. WBGO

Stevie Ray Vaughan synthesized many influences, from Albert King to T-Bone Walker, to get his unique guitar style.

Read Five Texas Bluesmen Who Paved The Way For Stevie Ray Vaughan Jazz24

August 3, 2011 – Vaughan synthesized many influences, from Albert King to T-Bone Walker, to get his unique style. Jazz24

The Saxophone Colossus (that's Sonny Rollins at left) played on The Rolling Stones' "Waiting on a Friend."

Read Jazz Artists On Five Classic Pop-Rock Sides WFIU

July 27, 2011 – Did you know that Sonny Rollins played on a Rolling Stones song? Hear that and other jazz cameos. WFIU

In the 1950s, Astor Piazzolla became a pariah back home for his unconventional, complex tangos.

Read Jazz For Squeezebox WBGO

July 22, 2011 – Hear five tango destroyers, each descended from the jazz innovations of Astor Piazzolla. WBGO

A native of the Dominican Republic, Michel Camilo is one of the most energetic pianists in jazz.

Read Caribbean Jazz: A Summer Cruise For Your Mind Jazz24

July 12, 2011 – Let your mind sail through the Caribbean by listening to jazz artists who were born on the islands. Jazz24

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