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James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February.

Read 5 New Jazz Albums From 2014 So Far

February 14, 2014 – Hear new music from Archie Shepp, Edward Simon, James Brandon Lewis, Zara McFarlane and more.

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

Dr. Martin Luther  King Jr. sees off a group of Freedom Riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss., on May 24, 1961.

Read Instruments Of Change: Music Of The Freedom Riders, 50 Years Later WBGO

May 4, 2011 – The dream of social justice resulted in one of the most creative periods in jazz history. WBGO

Listen Archie Shepp: The Original Fire Music WGBH

June 3, 2008 – Saxophonist Archie Shepp paints a vivid picture of the '60s free-jazz scene in his own words. WGBH


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