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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.

Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

Listen Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet

July 11, 2013 – Hear the first-call drummer and Grammy-winning vocalist lead inspiring sets, back to back.

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.


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.


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.


Anat Cohen (left) performs with Avishai Cohen (center) at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Listen Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen On JazzSet WBGO

July 4, 2013 – Avishai Cohen's Triveni is spare, with just trumpet, bass and drums at the Newport Jazz Festival. WBGO

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.


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

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