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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.


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.


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

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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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