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Dave Brubeck received a posthumous tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Watch Dave Brubeck Was The Macklemore Of 1954

January 30, 2014 – Sixty years ago, a jazzman found himself in much the same position as a rapper did on Sunday night.

Ethan Iverson, Ben Street and Tootie Heath perform at the Village Vanguard.

Listen Tootie Heath And Matt Wilson On JazzSet WBGO

January 30, 2014 – Hear twin sets of shimmering cymbals and bass-drum drop-kicks from the Village Vanguard. WBGO


Jane Ira Bloom.

Read Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

January 31, 2014 – On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.


Herbie Hancock.

Read Herbie Hancock On Piano Jazz

January 31, 2014 – In a program from 1987, Hancock solos on "Dolphin Dance" and then improvises with Marian McPartland.

Karen Marie Richardson (right) plays the title role in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Queenie Pie, the jazz opera Duke Ellington left unfinished when he died in 1974.

Read Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

February 2, 2014 – When the prolific composer died in 1974, he left one of his most ambitious projects unfinished.


Cedar Walton.

Listen Cedar Walton On Piano Jazz

February 7, 2014 – In 1980, the pianist plays his tune "N.P.S." and duets with host Marian McPartland in "Lover Man."

Detail from the cover of Miles Davis' Four & More. The album was one of two gleaned from a 1964 concert at Philharmonic Hall in New York.

Read How A Stressful Night For Miles Davis Spawned Two Classic Albums

February 9, 2014 – In 1964, a high-stakes gig and some backstage tension led to a singular performance caught on tape.


Camille Thurman (left), Mimi Jones (center) and Shirazette Tinnin all released new albums this week on Hot Tone Music, Jones' record imprint.

Read 'When The Bus For The Record Label Comes By': Behind Hot Tone Music

February 9, 2014 – While making an album, bassist Mimi Jones signed "bad-ass" musicians who also happen to be women.

Frank Wess.

Read In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

February 11, 2014 – There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.


Kenny Barron.

Listen Kenny Barron And Dave Holland On JazzSet WBGO

February 13, 2014 – Hear duo and solo sets from NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron in honor of the pianist's 70th birthday. WBGO


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.

Grace Kelly.

Read Grace Kelly On Piano Jazz

February 14, 2014 – Then-16-year-old jazz phenom sings "All the Things You Are" and plays "Round Midnight."

Read After 18 Years Of Marriage And Two Children, A Couple Releases Their Debut Albums

February 14, 2014 – After welcome delays, Rudy and Shamie Royston are starting to launch their careers as musicians.

On the new album Panama 500, pianist Danilo Pérez considers five centuries of his home country's history.

Watch A Man, A Plan, A Concept Album About Panama

February 15, 2014 – Pianist Danilo Pérez is using music to represent 500 years of trade, exploration and colonization.


John Dankworth.

Read John Dankworth On Piano Jazz

February 21, 2014 – Piano Jazz remembers the celebrated British jazz musician in a show recorded at Eastman.


Pianist Oscar Peterson was the biggest name to emerge from the golden age of jazz in Montreal.

Read Rail, Radio And Booze: A Look At Montreal Jazz History

February 22, 2014 – A free web documentary traces how Oscar Peterson and others thrived in a Canadian nightlife capital.

Eric Dolphy in Copenhagen, 1961.

Read Still 'Out To Lunch' 50 Years Later

February 25, 2014 – Eric Dolphy's creativity was exploding in 1964, and he was finding more players who could keep up.


Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Read Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio On JazzSet

February 27, 2014 – The Hammond B3 organ master leads his trio through a soulful set at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.


Alice Coltrane.

Listen Alice Coltrane On Piano Jazz

February 28, 2014 – Coltrane performs her own "Transfiguration" and joins host Marian McPartland in "Giant Steps."

Bobby McFerrin.

Listen Bobby McFerrin On Song Travels

February 28, 2014 – The singer demonstrates his a cappella style and performs songs from Porgy and Bess.


Warren Wolf.

Listen Warren Wolf And Wolfpack: Live In Concert WBGO

March 5, 2014 – The vibraphonist visits his alma mater with his quintet for a live performance. WBGO

Eleggua shrines in Matanzas, Cuba.

Read Possessed By Joy: A North American Drummer In Cuba

March 5, 2014 – Harris Eisenstadt spent two weeks studying percussion on the island. Here's what he found.

"The beauty was in the rawness," Regina Carter says of the field recordings that inspired her new album, Southern Comfort.

Watch Regina Carter's Jazz Genealogy

March 5, 2014 – Field recordings from the American South inspired the violinist's latest album.


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