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Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.

Read Bebo Valdés, Giant Of Cuban Music, Is Dead

March 22, 2013 – The pianist, who enjoyed international fame late in life, was a prime mover of 20th Century Havana.

Matt Munisteri.

Listen Matt Munisteri On 'Song Travels'

March 22, 2013 – Munisteri and Michael Feinstein share tunes that, while forsaken by the past, are easy to remember.

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Diana Krall.

Listen Diana Krall On Piano Jazz

March 22, 2013 – When this episode of Piano Jazz was recorded in 2006, Krall was seven and a half months pregnant.

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Listen Tiny Resistors: Live In Concert WBGO

March 21, 2013 – Bassist Todd Sickafoose unveils lushly textured, slowly developing music for his unique septet. WBGO

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Stephan Crump performs at the 92Y Tribeca.

Listen Rosetta Trio: Live In Concert WBGO

March 21, 2013 – Bassist Stephan Crump presents his late-afternoon back-porch ditties for interlocking guitars. WBGO

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Charles Lloyd performs with pianist Jason Moran in Munich in early 2013.

Read 75 Years Of Charles Lloyd, Jazz's Spirit Warrior

March 15, 2013 – Hear five tunes spanning the saxophonist's career, from '60s mysticism to modern spirituals.

Linda Ronstadt at the 19th Annual Bridge School Benefit in 2005.

Listen Linda Ronstadt On Piano Jazz

March 15, 2013 – The genre-spanning vocalist sticks to jazz standards like "Lush Life" in this session.

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Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely.

Read The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

March 15, 2013 – The charismatic musician has backed Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King and toured with The Beach Boys.

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Tadd Dameron (smiling at center) was an important figure in American jazz and bebop. He is shown here with Fats Navarro on trumpet, and Charlie Rouse and Ernie Henry on saxophone.

Read Tadd Dameron, A Jazz Master With A 'Lyrical Grace'

March 9, 2013 – A new biography shines a light on the too-brief life of the man known as "The Architect of Bop."

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Hiromi's latest album is called Move.

Read Hiromi: Finding Music In The Daily Din

March 8, 2013 – The pianist's new LP begins with a tribute to a sound she's never liked: the ring of an alarm clock.

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Walter Smith III performs at Boston's Cafe 939 for a special version of WBGO's The Checkout Live.

Watch Walter Smith III: Live In Concert WBGO

March 8, 2013 – The tenor saxophonist, a member of some of today's most talked-about jazz groups, leads a quintet. WBGO

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Stacy Rowles on the cover of Tell It Like It Is.

Listen Stacy Rowles On Piano Jazz

March 8, 2013 – Paying tribute to the late trumpeter, flugelhorn player and vocalist with a session from 2001.

"Killer" Ray Appleton, a veteran drummer with the wisdom of experience and ageless swing.

Read Time Is On Their Side: Ageless Jazz Drumming

March 6, 2013 – Veteran masters "Killer" Ray Appleton and Barry Altschul, both over 70, have fine new albums.

Juan de Marcos González of the Afro-Cuban All Stars performs live for Jazz24.

Watch Juan De Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars: Dig That 'Dundunbanza' Jazz24

March 2, 2013 – Watch the internationally renowned Cuban bandleader and his group perform three tunes for Jazz24. Jazz24

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

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