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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.

Read Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul Jazz24

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

The quartet Garage a Trois.

Read You Will Be Shot: Five Ways Jazz Can Be Punk KMHD

September 10, 2012 – As these songs show, the spirit of adventure has been a part of both genres' musical trajectories. KMHD

Hank Williams has written plenty of tunes covered by jazz artists over the years.

Read Jazz Goes Honky-Tonkin': The Songs Of Hank Williams Jazz24

August 17, 2012 – If you haven't heard his music in a while, you might have forgotten: The country pioneer had swing. Jazz24

Jack DeJohnette will perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival — just a few days before he turns 70.

Read Newport Jazz 2012 Preview: The Veterans

August 2, 2012 – Festival organizers also know that they present a music whose creators get better with age.

Drummer Dafnis Prieto, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011, will lead his sextet at Newport.

Read Newport Jazz 2012 Preview: Up-And-Comers

July 27, 2012 – Here are five bands, all debuting at Newport, who represent new generations of jazz expression.

Ahmad Jamal at the grand piano during the Blue Moon sessions.

Read Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82 KVIX

July 2, 2012 – He revolutionized and continues to explore the jazz piano trio. KVIX

L'Orkestre des Pas Perdus' latest album, L'âge du cuivre, was just nominated for a Juno Award.

Read A Cirque Du Soleil For The Senses: Five Jazz Groups From Montreal WBGO

June 28, 2012 – Preview some of the artists playing the Montreal International Jazz Festival, a musical grand prix. WBGO

Wayne Shorter's 2003 album Alegria finds the saxophonist and composer matching his quartet with orchestral textures.

Read 5 Great Works Of Modern Chamber Jazz

June 25, 2012 – Bassist Matt Ulery picks some of his favorite mergers of classical and folk music with the blues.

Gary Bartz performs at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival. The saxophonist is often cited as a messenger of black empowerment in music.

Read Five Jazz Songs Of The Freedom Struggle

June 19, 2012 – For Juneteenth, today's jazz luminaries reflect on recordings about African-American emancipation.

Read Five DC Jazz Festival Artists Actually From The Washington Area

June 1, 2012 – Here are five great musicians who will keep the nation's capital swinging well after early June.

Jack DeJohnette.

Read Jack DeJohnette: 70 Years Of Propulsive, Percussive Mastery Jazz24

May 31, 2012 – Hear five songs from 1966 to the present which showcase the great drummer at the top of his powers. Jazz24


Read Five Jazz Piano Trios With Swag

May 9, 2012 – Many instrumental bands conversant with today's pop music have more creativity — if not attention.

Legendary bassist Ron Carter turns 75 today.

Read Ron Carter: 75 Years Of Superb Bass

May 4, 2012 – He's a phenomenal soloist, but his reliability is what's landed him on more than 2,000 recordings.

E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.

Read Yip Harburg: A Lyricist For The Ages Jazz24

April 18, 2012 – Hear five singers take on one of the chief architects of the American popular song canon. Jazz24

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