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Allan Harris.

Listen Allan Harris On Piano Jazz

April 23, 2013 – The velvet-voiced singer, guitarist and composer plays standards and tunes from his musical.


Omar Sosa performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Jan. 30, 2013.

Watch Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk Concert

April 22, 2013 – The duo's quietly energetic performance hangs over the the NPR Music offices like a soft mist.


Colin Stetson's new album, New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: Colin Stetson, 'New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light'

April 21, 2013 – The saxophonist uses circular breathing to craft muscular soundscapes that bulge and roar ominously.

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's new album, Brooklyn Babylon, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, 'Brooklyn Babylon'

April 21, 2013 – In a future metropolis, one man's ambition abuts his loyalty. An ultramodern big band keeps score.

Tito Puente on vibraphone at the Palladium.

Read Tito Puente: 90 Years Of Getting People To Dance

April 20, 2013 – A new box set compiles the timbalero's RCA recordings, when his band lit up dance floors nightly.

Esperanza Spalding.

Listen Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

April 19, 2013 – The bassist and singer brings her grooving bass lines and neo-soul vocals to Piano Jazz.

Symphony Sid Torin (left) hosts a program at WHOM featuring the saxophonist Arnett Cobb.

Read Jazz Salutes Its Disc Jockeys Jazz24

April 18, 2013 – So important were jazz DJs of the '40s and '50s that jazz artists often wrote songs for them. Jazz24

Hugh Masekela

Read Jazz Great Hugh Masekela, Fresh Because He's Fascinated

April 17, 2013 – The South African trumpeter says at age 74, "I feel like I'm just beginning."


The bebop innovator Dizzy Gillespie on 52nd Street in New York, which was filled with small jazz clubs in the 1940s.

Read How Taxes And Moving Changed The Sound Of Jazz

April 16, 2013 – In the 1940s, more jazz had to be performed in smaller venues — thanks, in part, to the IRS.

The pianist and saxophonist Kyle Shepherd is one of Cape Town's most highly tipped musicians.

Read South By South Africa: 5 Jazz Acts From The Rainbow Nation WBGO

April 16, 2013 – The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, one of Africa's largest, featured all five of these acts. WBGO

Eddie Palmieri.

Listen Eddie Palmieri On Piano Jazz

April 12, 2013 – The pianist plays raucous original tunes with an Afro-Caribbean flavor with host Marian McPartland.


Laurence Hobgood.

Listen Laurence Hobgood On Piano Jazz

April 12, 2013 – Kurt Elling's pianist and arranger joins host Jon Weber for Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way."


Earl "Fatha" Hines' band featured the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Read Earl Hines: Big Bands And Beyond On A New Box Set

April 11, 2013 – Hines' right hand played lines in bright, clear octaves. His left hand had a mind of its own.


Jeff Ballard.

Listen Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

April 10, 2013 – With his ever-changing Fairgrounds band, a top drummer gets to mix and match his favorite musicians. WBGO


A group of musicians and major donors pose with Lionel Hampton's vibraphone at the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month launch. From left: Mark Dibner of The Argus Fund, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Fran Morris Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, pianist Randy Weston, Richard Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald foundation and Smithsonian American History Museum Director John Gray.

Read The Creators Of Jazz Appreciation Month Start Celebrating

April 9, 2013 – Drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez and pianist Randy Weston donated items to the Smithsonian.

Jan Bang performs a live remix at the Punkt Festival.

Watch How Norway Funds A Thriving Jazz Scene

April 6, 2013 – For Norwegian musicians, it literally pays to dream big — and to write lots of grant applications.

Mose Allison.

Listen Mose Allison On Piano Jazz

April 5, 2013 – The influential vocalist and pianist plays some originals, as well as standards by Duke Ellington.


Chick Corea performs with the SFJAZZ Collective at the SFJAZZ Center opening night.

Watch Chick Corea And SFJAZZ Collective: Live At SFJAZZ

April 2, 2013 – The pianist and an all-star ensemble tackle an arrangement of the epic, extended-narrative "Spain."

Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father.

Watch Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

March 31, 2013 – Ibrahim Maalouf's four-valve trumpet plays "blue notes" common to jazz and Middle Eastern styles.


"It's about being here in the moment, accepting one another and allowing creativity to flow." - Stefon Harris

Read Stefon Harris: Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

March 30, 2013 – Jazz composer Stefon Harris says many actions are seen as mistakes but they can be opportunities.


Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.

Read The Women In Charge Of The Band WFIU

March 29, 2013 – Jazz musicians like Lil Armstrong, Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams drove their own ensembles. WFIU

Shirley Scott

Listen Shirley Scott On Piano Jazz

March 29, 2013 – The Queen of the Organ solos on "Skylark" and joins host Marian McPartland on "In a Mellow Tone."


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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