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Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984.

Read Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

May 20, 2013 – A new anthology packs four CDs with music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small.


Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Listen Rudresh Mahanthappa On Piano Jazz

May 17, 2013 – Mahanthappa brings an explosive blend of jazz and South Indian classical music to the studio.


Grady Tate.

Listen Grady Tate On Piano Jazz

May 17, 2013 – The much-celebrated drummer trades in his skins for a microphone in a Piano Jazz session.

Woody Herman in 1946.

Read Woody Herman At 100: 'A Blues Player From His Heart'

May 16, 2013 – A reedman, talent scout and bandleader, Herman led "Herds" that were both popular and respected.

Miguel Zenón.

Listen Miguel Zenón Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

May 15, 2013 – The Puerto Rican saxophonist's stunning quartet of 10 years presents new music in concert. WBGO


Gregory Porter.

Watch Gregory Porter: A Lion In The Subway WBGO

May 14, 2013 – Watch a world-class jazz singer perform "Be Good (Lion's Song)" on a vintage Brooklyn train car. WBGO

Trombonist and arranger Melba Liston is one of the women featured in a new documentary about female instrumentalists in jazz, The Girls in the Band.

Watch A DIY Guide To The History Of Women In Jazz

May 10, 2013 – As "Women in Jazz Day" officially hits New York City, here are more resources on the subject.

Jane Monheit.

Listen Jane Monheit On Piano Jazz

May 10, 2013 – Marian McPartland accompanies the vocalist on music from the Gershwins, Duke Ellington and more.


Donny McCaslin.

Listen Donny McCaslin On Piano Jazz

May 10, 2013 – The tenor saxophonist plays "Take the 'A' Train" and "All the Things You Are" with host Jon Weber.


Steven Bernstein performs at 92Y Tribeca with Sexmob.

Watch Sexmob: Live In Concert WBGO

May 9, 2013 – Steven Bernstein's down-for-anything quartet parties to the themes of film composer Nino Rota. WBGO


Jimmy Hamilton (left) and Harry Carney were among the reedmen who played clarinet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Read 'A Strict Taskmaster': 5 Ways To Play The Jazz Clarinet

May 9, 2013 – Ben Goldberg picks five legends, from legends to the present, who worked with the difficult horn.

Allison Miller.

Watch Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Live In Concert WBGO

May 9, 2013 – At the end of a tour, drummer Allison Miller leads her singular quartet in a New York homecoming. WBGO

Allen Toussaint performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Music Festival. He would also play a small club after the festival finished for the day.

Read A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made

May 8, 2013 – At the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, music happened during, around and afterwards.

Phil Woods.

Listen Phil Woods On Piano Jazz

May 3, 2013 – Woods showcases his imaginative and sultry saxophone sound with host Marian McPartland.

Chick Corea (keyboard) joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the closing performance, an arrangement of his piece "Spain."

Listen SFJAZZ Center Opening Night On JazzSet WBGO

May 2, 2013 – Joe Lovano, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding and more take the glimmering venue on its maiden voyage. WBGO


John Beasley has now served as music director for both editions of International Jazz Day.

Read Meet The Man Who Assembles The World's Biggest Jazz Concert

April 30, 2013 – Pianist John Beasley isn't a household name, but he directs many of them for International Jazz Day.

Father Figure performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 6, 2013.

Watch Father Figures: Tiny Desk Concert

April 29, 2013 – Zany, brainy and danceable, these guys' music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest.


Stacy Sullivan.

Listen Stacy Sullivan On Piano Jazz

April 26, 2013 – The vocalist performs a set of standards, including a few tunes from her tribute to Peggy Lee.


Pat Metheny.

Listen Pat Metheny On Piano Jazz

April 26, 2013 – The ever-evolving guitarist plays Ornette Coleman with a joyous, carnivalesque groove on Piano Jazz.

Turkish-German vocalist Esra Dalfidan sings in several languages with her band FIDAN.

Read Jazzahead! Highlights: 5 New Bands From Europe WBGO

April 26, 2013 – More than 20,000 jazz fans and industry types descend upon Bremen's discovery-intensive festival. WBGO

Allison Miller leads Boom Tic Boom at the Kennedy Center during the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Listen Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom On JazzSet WBGO

April 25, 2013 – Players pair off and rejoin, chase each other and catch up at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. WBGO


Jaki Byard (left) and Tommy Flanagan.

Read Piano Vs. Piano, And Why Style Matters

April 25, 2013 – A duo album from pianists Jaki Byard and Tommy Flanagan illustrates the many contrasts of jazz.

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.


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