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Writer, historian and critic Albert Murray in New York City in 2000.

Read Albert Murray, Writer And Co-Founder Of Jazz At Lincoln Center, Dies

August 19, 2013 – Duke Ellington once described the influential writer and critic as the "unsquarest person I know."

Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie perform.

Watch From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

August 20, 2013 – The Cuban trumpet player discusses the legacy of jazz and his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie.


John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore were all saxophonists and teamed up in 1973 to form the short-lived trio S.O.S.

Watch 'Looking For The Next One' Reveals Underappreciated Sax Trio

August 20, 2013 – John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore could sound timeless, of and ahead of their time.


Marian McPartland.

Read Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist And NPR Host, Has Died

August 21, 2013 – For more than 40 years, she brought conversations with jazz greats to an audience of millions.


Orrin Evans.

Read 'Beauty' On Orrin Evans' Block

August 21, 2013 – Evans can be a heavy hitter at the keyboard, but on his new album, he reins himself in a bit.


Jimmy Cobb.

Listen Jimmy Cobb: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

August 21, 2013 – At 84, the drummer of Miles Davis' first great quintet brings together an international band. WBGO


Of Marian McPartland's "Twilight World," the great singer Tony Bennett once said, "Well, that song will last forever. It's a beautiful song."

Listen Twilight World: Remembering Marian McPartland

August 21, 2013 – The pianist valued sophisticated harmonies, aching melodies and a tremendous emotional range.


The Branford Marsalis Quartet.

Listen Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet WBGO

August 22, 2013 – Hear the first host of JazzSet bring his long-running quartet to the Napa Valley Opera House. WBGO


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz featured performances and conversation with a variety of pianists, including Ray Charles and Dave Brubeck.

Read Fresh Air Remembers 'Piano Jazz' Host Marian McPartland

August 23, 2013 – For more than 30 years, the jazz pianist hosted one of public radio's most beloved shows.


Kenny Barron.

Listen Kenny Barron On Piano Jazz

August 23, 2013 – Barron performs "Clouds" and pairs with host Marian McPartland for "How Deep Is The Ocean?" in 2003.


Albert Murray in 1974.

Read What Albert Murray Taught Us About Jazz

August 24, 2013 – The late author and cultural theorist was behind many of the ways jazz music is commonly perceived.

Sathima Bea Benjamin in 1974.

Read How One Singer Made Four Debut Albums

August 29, 2013 – The late South African vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin launched her career after several false starts.

Christie Dashiell performs as part of the Kennedy Center's Discover Series.

Listen Christie Dashiell, Alfredo Rodriguez On JazzSet WBGO

August 29, 2013 – A former Sing-Off contestant and a Cuban pianist bring something new to the Kennedy Center. WBGO


Dave Douglas.

Listen Dave Douglas On Piano Jazz

August 30, 2013 – The boundary-pushing trumpeter plays Mary Lou Williams tunes with Marian McPartland in 2000.


Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music.

Read Jazz With A Jamaican Accent KMHD

August 30, 2013 – For late summer, here are five songs inspired by the island's characteristic riddims. KMHD

John Zorn's latest album is Dreamachines, which is inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs' cut-up techniques.

Listen John Zorn: The Fresh Air Interview

September 3, 2013 – At 60, the composer is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before.


Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey.

Listen 'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet WBGO

September 5, 2013 – Terence Blanchard plays Miles Davis' role with commitment and emotion in a set from Monterey. WBGO

Chuck Mangione.

Listen Chuck Mangione On Piano Jazz

September 6, 2013 – The flugelhorn player teams up with host Marian McPartland for "Feels So Good" in a 1999 session.


Gregory Porter's new album, Liquid Spirit, comes out Sept. 17.

Read First Listen: Gregory Porter, 'Liquid Spirit'

September 8, 2013 – The jazz singer seeks the spirit of griots gone by. He starts by asking you to clap your hands now.

Duke Ellington, looking dapper in 1958.

Read When Duke Flirted With The Queen

September 9, 2013 – Duke Ellington's piece for Queen Elizabeth II is included in a new collection of late-period suites.


Dave King.

Read The Odd Jobs Of The Bad Plus' Dave King

September 10, 2013 – The drummer dishes on telemarketing, Orange Julius, and how it applies to leading his own bands.

Dave King.

Listen Dave King Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

September 11, 2013 – The Bad Plus' drummer plays moody standards with fellow underground guys from the Upper Midwest. WBGO


Gregory Porter's latest album is entitled Liquid Spirit.

Read 'Singing Just To Me': Gregory Porter On Musical Inheritance

September 11, 2013 – The singer claims three main influences: his minister mother, his absentee father and Nat King Cole.


Christian McBride in rehearsal at the Kennedy Center.

Listen They Drive At 55: The Monterey Jazz Anniversary Tour WBGO

September 12, 2013 – JazzSet catches the anniversary show featuring Christian McBride at the Kennedy Center. WBGO


The Greyboy Allstars.

Read The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe WXPN

September 12, 2013 – The acid jazz vets visit the World Cafe studio to perform songs from their new LP, Inland Emperor. WXPN


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