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Pianist Darrell Grant is one of the anchors of the Portland jazz community.

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February 14, 2013 – The Portland Jazz Festival, opening Friday, turns the spotlight on a diverse community of talent. KMHD

Muddy Waters, c. 1979.

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January 18, 2013 – Muddy Waters and Blind Willie McTell have music to help you through a month that never seems to end. Jazz24

Charlie Christian

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January 15, 2013 – Every guitarist now playing owes something to at least one of these pioneering jazz guitarists. Jazz24

Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ and keyboard player, will present his CHURCH ensemble.

Read 5 New Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2013 WBGO

January 11, 2013 – Unpredictability is key at the annual New York showcase, which emphasizes new bands and projects. WBGO

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's new album is called Christmas Time Is Here.

Read 5 Jazz Christmas Albums For 2012

December 14, 2012 – These recordings range from deep meditation on the Christian narrative to more offbeat celebration.

Dave Brubeck rehearses with the San Diego Symphony in 1995.

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December 6, 2012 – The late pianist and composer took his craft to college kids, to churches and around the world.

Coleman Hawkins in 1946.

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November 21, 2012 – Starting in the 1920s, Hawkins made an afterthought of an instrument into a star attraction. Jazz24

The late saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded for Thrill Jockey with drummer Hamid Drake.

Read The Jazz Side Of Thrill Jockey Records KMHD

November 15, 2012 – Known for rock, the Chicago-based record label has often embraced creative improvised music. KMHD

For his debut album, drummer Henry Cole put together a band united under the umbrella of Afrobeat.

Read 5 New Directions In Jazz Evolution KMHD

November 1, 2012 – Hear from contemporary innovators who forge new boundaries from an open-ended tradition. KMHD

Clarinet and saxophone player Paquito D'Rivera wore a James Moody T-shirt during a recent recording session in Brazil.

Read For The Love Of James Moody: Five Tributes WBGO

October 19, 2012 – Many of Moody's former colleagues line up to play for "the most beloved jazz musician in the world." WBGO

The band led by drummer Art Blakey (center) groomed more than 150 alumni members, including saxophonist Wayne Shorter and trumpeter Lee Morgan.

Read The 'Class Presidents' Of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers WFIU

October 11, 2012 – From the mid-'50s to 1990, the drummer's band became a finishing school for musicians. WFIU

Versatile guitarist Frank Vignola has clearly studied Django Reinhardt-style jazz.

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October 5, 2012 – Decades after Django Reinhardt pioneered his distinct style, it's being adapted by bands like these. Jazz24

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.

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September 27, 2012 – Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation at the piano. His biographer picks a few highlights. WBGO

Meklit Hadero is based in the San Francisco Bay area, a two-hour drive north of Monterey.

Read Five New Singers At The 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival

September 20, 2012 – The long-running festival welcomes new talent every year, including these emerging vocalists.

Cannonball Adderley.

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September 15, 2012 – With a sweetly ferocious style, the alto saxophonist bridged decades of expression. Jazz24

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