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Joe Jackson's new album is The Duke.

Read Joe Jackson Pays Tribute To 'The Duke'

September 14, 2012 – Throughout his career, Joe Jackson has taken on any musical challenge — from the symphony to swing.

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Cannonball Adderley.

Read Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul Jazz24

September 15, 2012 – With a sweetly ferocious style, the alto saxophonist bridged decades of expression. Jazz24

Read Brad Mehldau: (Unlikely) Songs By Other People

September 18, 2012 – The jazz trio covers classic rock, folk and pop tunes on its latest album, Where Do You Start.

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Dave Douglas.

Watch Dave Douglas Quintet: Live From 92Y Tribeca WBGO

September 19, 2012 – The trumpeter's new band, with folksinger Aoife O'Donovan, explores a carefully curated hymnal. WBGO

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Dave Douglas.

Read Finnish Patriotism, Christian Hymns And One Trumpeter's Mom

September 19, 2012 – Well before a new recording, the hymn "Be Still My Soul" had already seen many different lives.

Meklit Hadero is based in the San Francisco Bay area, a two-hour drive north of Monterey.

Read Five New Singers At The 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival

September 20, 2012 – The long-running festival welcomes new talent every year, including these emerging vocalists.

From left to right, the panel included Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Jimmy Heath and Antonio Hart.

Read On The Future Of Jazz Among Black Folk

September 20, 2012 – A panel of musicians assembled by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation had lots of ideas.

Vince Guaraldi had range, as well as an instrumental hit right when jazz was vanishing from AM radio.

Read Vince Guaraldi Didn't Just Play For 'Peanuts'

September 21, 2012 – Guaraldi had range, as well as an instrumental hit right when jazz was vanishing from AM radio.

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Guitarist John Abercrombie.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 21, 2012

September 21, 2012 – Cal Tjader saluted, Pepper Adams reinterpreted and a band parades through the Lower East Side.

Emmet Cohen performs in the final round of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, where he placed third. The 2012 competition takes place this weekend.

Read What Did The Monk Competition Ever Do For You?

September 22, 2012 – Five former entrants of jazz's most prestigious contest reflect on what it meant to them.

Jamison Ross competes in the semifinal round of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Competition.

Read Jamison Ross Wins 2012 Thelonious Monk Competition For Drummers

September 24, 2012 – The New Orleans-based musician, 24, made clear, precise statements with a lay audience in mind.

Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) plays in a tribute to tuba player Kerwin James.

Read 'Treme,' Ep. 22: 'Dem Songs Is Gonna Stand, Son' WBGO

September 25, 2012 – A recap of the music in season three's opener, featuring Glen David Andrews and "Frogman" Henry. WBGO

Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD.

Read After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers Trio Resurfaces

September 26, 2012 – The late saxophonist's 2007 concert with his classic 1970s small group has been released on CD.

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David Liebman.

Read Jazz As A Liberal Arts Education

September 26, 2012 – It's a scary job market for conservatory grads. But one musician still sees value in studying jazz.

Virginia Mayhew and bassist Harvie S perform at the Mary Lou Williams Festival.

Listen Catherine Russell, Virginia Mayhew On JazzSet WBGO

September 27, 2012 – Russell and Mayhew present the music of Mary Lou Williams at the festival that bears her name. WBGO

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Yasek Manzano.

Read Yasek Manzano: Jazz From Havana's Streets WXPN

September 27, 2012 – Hear the music of an exciting young trumpeter from Havana, as well as a brief history of Cuban jazz. WXPN

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Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.

Read Five Essential Bud Powell Recordings WBGO

September 27, 2012 – Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation at the piano. His biographer picks a few highlights. WBGO

Madeleine Albright "sits in" with Chris Botti at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and final round gala.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 28, 2012

September 28, 2012 – Monk Competition madness, Don Byron interviewed, professor Sam and hints of a Clark Terry film.

DJ Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) interviews John Boutte about an unreleased recording of his.

Read 'Treme' Ep. 23: Long Black Lines WBGO

October 2, 2012 – An especially musical episode features Preservation Hall, Little Freddie King and two Marsalises. WBGO

Cyrus Chestnut performs on Jazz24.

Watch Cyrus Chestnut: Nobody Like 'The Nutman' Jazz24

October 3, 2012 – Watch one of jazz's most renowned pianists work magic throughout this three-song set at KPLU. Jazz24

Read A Ska And Jazz Innovator Bridges Continents And Decades

October 3, 2012 – Guitarist Ernest Ranglin makes music that's built to last, using African and Caribbean influences.

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Diana Krall

Read Diana Krall Brings Sexy Back In Time

October 4, 2012 – Glad Rag Doll is a set of songs about love and independence that looks back to the 1920s.

Times are (relatively) tough for Kenny G and other smooth jazz musicians, whose lifeline of radio airplay is quickly disappearing.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 5, 2012

October 5, 2012 – Whither smooth jazz? Plus, Jenny Scheinman at home, Archie Shepp and new club openings.

Versatile guitarist Frank Vignola has clearly studied Django Reinhardt-style jazz.

Read Django's Legacy: 21st-Century Gypsy Jazz Jazz24

October 5, 2012 – Decades after Django Reinhardt pioneered his distinct style, it's being adapted by bands like these. Jazz24

Anat Cohen's new album, her sixth as a bandleader, is called Claroscuro.

Read Anat Cohen Bends The Spectrum On 'Claroscuro'

October 7, 2012 – The Israeli-born clarinetist and saxophonist kick-started Israel into a vital exporter of jazz.

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