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Mary Halvorson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 12, 2012.

Watch Mary Halvorson Quintet: Tiny Desk Concert

February 25, 2013 – The guitarist brings a decidedly non-standard approach to jazz's standard practices.

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Esperanza Spalding performs live for opbmusic.

Watch Esperanza Spalding: Song For A 'City Of Roses' opbmusic

February 23, 2013 – Watch Spalding and the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra perform a song inspired by Portland, Ore. opbmusic

Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Listen Dee Dee Bridgewater On Piano Jazz

February 22, 2013 – The host of NPR's JazzSet joins Marian McPartland for a set of Duke Ellington and Gershwin tunes.

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Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy.

Read History As Symphony: The African-American Experience In Jazz Suites WFIU

February 21, 2013 – Composers such as Duke Ellington have captured black history in long-form works. Hear five examples. WFIU

Alexis Cuadrado sets surrealist Spanish poems to music in a concert at 92Y Tribeca.

Listen Alexis Cuadrado's 'A Lorca Soundscape' On JazzSet WBGO

February 21, 2013 – Cuadrado sets surrealist Spanish poems to music in a concert at 92Y Tribeca. WBGO

Pianist Orrin Evans performs at 92Y Tribeca as part of WBGO's The Checkout Live concert series.

Watch Orrin Evans Trio: Live In Concert WBGO

February 20, 2013 – A strong and harmonically provocative pianist, Evans drives a trio live in downtown Manhattan. WBGO

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Alto saxophonist Tim Green performs at 92Y Tribeca on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2012.

Watch Tim Green Quintet: Live In Concert WBGO

February 20, 2013 – The emotive Baltimore saxophonist celebrates his debut album, Songs From This Season. WBGO

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Jose James performs before a live audience for KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Jose James KCRW

February 20, 2013 – Watch the stylish jazz singer perform his funky single "Trouble" during a special concert in L.A. KCRW

George Duke.

Listen George Duke On Piano Jazz

February 15, 2013 – A pianist for Miles Davis and Frank Zappa, Duke plays "My Funny Valentine" with Marian McPartland.

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

Read Survey The Portland Jazz Scene With Five Great Tunes KMHD

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

Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Read Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting

February 13, 2013 – The saxophonist and his quartet cross-pollinate Indian classical music and Captain Beefheart.

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Donald Byrd onstage, in an image circulated by his record label at the time, Blue Note Records.

Watch Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations

February 11, 2013 – Byrd helped to develop hard bop jazz, and his funkier recordings shaped black pop music for years.

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Randy Weston

Listen Randy Weston On Piano Jazz

February 8, 2013 – The pianist and composer performs a set of tunes that incorporate his experiences in Morocco.

Jaleel Shaw.

Watch Jaleel Shaw Quartet: Live In Concert WBGO

February 7, 2013 – The jazz alto saxophonist returns to his alma mater to lead his own band in a live concert webcast. WBGO

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J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib.

Watch Why J Dilla May Be Jazz's Latest Great Innovator

February 7, 2013 – The legacy of the late hip-hop producer extended far beyond the beats he painstakingly created.

Billie Holiday topped Jazz24's list of the greatest jazz vocal songs with "Strange Fruit."

Read The Mix: 50 Great Jazz Vocals Jazz24

February 7, 2013 – We asked our audience to rank their favorite lyrical songs in the jazz canon. Listen to the results. Jazz24

Chris Potter (center) performs live at the Village Vanguard.

Listen Chris Potter Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

February 6, 2013 – The widely admired saxophonist has been reading Homer. Here, he presents an Odyssey-inspired suite. WBGO

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Read When Your Grandfather Is The Greatest Living Jazz Drummer

February 6, 2013 – Marcus Gilmore, 25, is in high demand these days. So is his grandpa: jazz legend Roy Haynes.

Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen has a new album out called Claroscuro.

Read Anat Cohen: Bringing The Clarinet To The World

February 6, 2013 – On a new album, Claroscuro, the clarinetist explores influences from Louis Armstrong to Latin jazz.

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Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net.

Read Wayne Shorter On Jazz: 'How Do You Rehearse The Unknown?'

February 2, 2013 – The 79-year-old saxophonist and composer discusses his new album Without a Net.

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Bill Frisell.

Listen Bill Frisell On Piano Jazz

February 1, 2013 – The guitarist plays with expansiveness and a feel for the wide-open space between notes.

Jack DeJohnette.

Read A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band

January 31, 2013 – A new four-CD box set highlights the music of the jazz keyboardist and drummer.

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Butch Morris leads a conduction at the 2007 Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia.

Read Remembering Butch Morris, The Man Who Conducted Improvisation

January 30, 2013 – With a wide variety of musicians, he pioneered a system of spontaneous arranging called Conduction.

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Miles Davis' Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 is a compilation of previously unreleased material performed by a short-lived incarnation of his touring band.

Read A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet

January 30, 2013 – Live recordings capture a groundbreaking artist between two vastly different periods in his career.

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McCoy Tyner at the SFJAZZ Center Opening Night concert.

Watch McCoy Tyner: Live At SFJAZZ

January 30, 2013 – Watch the massively influential pianist perform with long-time collaborator Bobby Hutcherson.

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