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John Bunch

Listen John Bunch On Piano Jazz

July 12, 2013 – The big-band pianist and WWII hero died earlier this year. We remember him with a 1991 session.

Nicole Mitchell.

Read Crystalline New Music For Flutes And Mallets

July 11, 2013 – Nicole Mitchell and Anna Webber harness melodic percussion in line with their flutes.

Virginia's No BS! Brass Band adopts and ultimately expands the brass-band tradition.

Read On Two New Albums, A Modern-Minded Brass Band Cuts Loose

July 8, 2013 – Virginia's No BS! Brass Band taps into, and ultimately expands, the brass-band tradition.

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George Benson's latest album, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, is a tribute to his hero.

Read George Benson Follows The Path Of His 'Unforgettable' Idol

July 6, 2013 – Like Nat King Cole, Benson is a jazz instrumentalist who became a pop star when he started singing.

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Ron Carter

Listen Ron Carter On Piano Jazz

July 5, 2013 – The man who set the standard for modern jazz bass performs Miles Davis' "So What" and more.

Mark O'Connor.

Listen Mark O'Connor On 'Song Travels'

July 5, 2013 – The violinist joins host Michael Feinstein to play Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'" and more.

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Louis Armstrong spoke out against the federal government regarding racial issues, but happily played the National Anthem at Newport in 1960.

Read Patriotism And Protest: Jazz For July 4

July 4, 2013 – Improvised takes on American patriotic songs range from the reverent to the ironic.

Dayna Stephens.

Read An Improviser Learns The Art Of Patience

July 2, 2013 – For saxophonist Dayna Stephens, serenity has been a key to dealing with a rare kidney disease.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band's new album, That's It!, comes out July 9.

Read First Listen: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 'That's It!'

June 30, 2013 – The jazz masters' first album of entirely original material pushes music lovers to dance.

Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers' new album, Border-Free, comes out July 9.

Read First Listen: Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers, 'Border-Free'

June 30, 2013 – Every release by the great pianist digs deeper into the common roots of jazz and Cuban music.

John Scofield's latest album is the genre-fluid, continent hopping Uberjam Deux.

Read John Scofield Returns To The Scene Of The Jam

June 30, 2013 – The jazz-rock guitarist's new album, Überjam Deux, reunites some old collaborators.

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Caravan Palace.

Read Oui Et Oui: Montreal Jazz's French Connection WBGO

June 27, 2013 – Canada's grandest music event props up the city's elite French and Francophone musicians. WBGO

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the piano at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon, during a British tour on Feb. 10, 1963.

Read 'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

June 26, 2013 – Aki Takase's new album of Duke Ellington tunes reflects influences from Monk to Schoenberg.

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Arturo Sandoval.

Listen Arturo Sandoval On Piano Jazz

June 21, 2013 – The Cuban trumpeter and pianist performs his own "Surena," plus Johnny Green's "Body and Soul."

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Miami-born Cécile McLorin Salvant learned about improvisation and sang with her first band after moving to France in 2007.

Read Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again

June 18, 2013 – The 23-year-old jazz phenom makes a huge splash with her takes on vintage jazz and blues numbers.

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Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers.

Watch Terence Blanchard Turns A Tragic Champion Into An Opera Hero

June 15, 2013 – The jazz composer's latest project is an opera based on the true story of a gay boxer in the 1960s.

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Father and son Bucky and John Pizzarelli have been playing guitar together since the latter was a kid.

Read Two Generations Of Jazz Guitar Tune Up For Father's Day

June 15, 2013 – Bucky Pizzarelli and his son, John, have been collaborating since John was a kid.

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NO BS! Brass Band performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Watch NO BS! Brass Band: Tiny Desk Concert

June 15, 2013 – An 11-piece brass band turns up the funk and flies the flag high for its native Richmond, Va.

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Cynthia Sayer.

Listen Cynthia Sayer On Piano Jazz

June 14, 2013 – The banjo player gives a fresh take on an old-time sound with host Jon Weber.

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Marc Cary's new album is titled For the Love of Abbey.

Watch Reflections On A Dozen Years With Abbey Lincoln

June 14, 2013 – Marc Cary came to New York City to find his father. He also found a long gig with a jazz legend.

Janis Siegel.

Listen Janis Siegel On Piano Jazz

June 14, 2013 – Hear the seductive vocalist from The Manhattan Transfer sing material from Annie Lennox and more.

The cover image of The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions, a 2002 box set of work from across the jazz guitarist's career.

Watch Johnny Smith, Revered Guitar Player, Has Died

June 13, 2013 – Smith wrote the surf guitar anthem "Walk, Don't Run," which became a Top 10 hit for The Ventures.

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Conun Pappas, Jr. of The Bridge Trio.

Listen The Bridge Trio: Live In Concert WBGO

June 13, 2013 – The precociously mature band of New Orleans natives salutes a mentor and presents its compositions. WBGO

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Don Byron.

Listen Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet: Live In Concert WBGO

June 12, 2013 – The clarinetist takes on the bluesy music of Southern gospel standard-bearer Thomas Dorsey. WBGO

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