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Kevin Eubanks.

Listen Kevin Eubanks On Piano Jazz

March 1, 2013 – The former Tonight Show bandleader joins Marian McPartland for Cole Porter and Sonny Rollins tunes.

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Detail from the cover art to Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson.

Read A List Of 5 Songs About ... Lists Jazz24

February 28, 2013 – Many jazz standards are about making lists. Here are five examples, from Louis Armstrong on. Jazz24

Bryan Ferry.

Read The Bryan Ferry Orchestra On World Cafe WXPN

February 28, 2013 – The innovative Roxy Music frontman re-imagines some of his classic songs as 1920s-style jazz. WXPN

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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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