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Bill Charlap performs at KPLU in Seattle.

Watch Bill Charlap: The American Songbook, Handled With Care Jazz24

November 17, 2012 – Watch the pianist take circuitous routes through "All the Things You Are" and "Sophisticated Lady." Jazz24

Mary Lou Williams.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

November 16, 2012 – Top ten deaths to listen to before you jazz, Blue Note's branding and Marian on Mary Lou.

Dayna Stephens.

Watch Dayna Stephens Quartet : Live At Berklee WBGO

November 15, 2012 – The bi-coastal rising-star sax man, known for his work with Kenny Barron, leads his own band live. WBGO

The late saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded for Thrill Jockey with drummer Hamid Drake.

Read The Jazz Side Of Thrill Jockey Records KMHD

November 15, 2012 – Known for rock, the Chicago-based record label has often embraced creative improvised music. KMHD

Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007.

Watch Bob French, New Orleans Drummer And Bandleader, Has Died

November 13, 2012 – For decades, he led the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, a group in existence for more than 100 years.

Desiree (Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc) takes the initiative to document shady construction projects.

Read 'Treme,' Ep. 29: Heckuva View WBGO

November 12, 2012 – Recap the music of the episode, featuring Sonny Landreth, Lil Queenie Harris and some "modern jazz." WBGO

Tuba player Bob Stewart led a quintet at the pond in the southeast corner of Central Park.

Read 30 Intimate Jazz Concerts In One Gigantic Park

November 12, 2012 – This weekend, New York's Central Park hosted 30 different groups all playing the same songs.

Pete Malinverni.

Read Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz

November 9, 2012 – The pianist, composer and teacher joins Marian McPartland in Harold Arlen's standard "Get Happy."


Trumpeter Ted Curson, depicted here on the cover of his album Urge, died last Sunday morning.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

November 9, 2012 – RIP Ted Curson, a new jazz singer and the Jazz Composers Collective's modern history.

Omer Avital.

Watch Omer Avital's Band Of The East: Live In Concert WBGO

November 8, 2012 – A top-notch jazz musician, the Israeli bassist surfaces his Middle Eastern roots in his own music. WBGO


Watch Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

November 8, 2012 – Yirga finds his way into standards with a voracious talent that savors each musical flavor.


Left to right: Tarus Mateen, Jason Moran, Donvonte McCoy, Nasheet Waits and Marshall Keys perform at the Kennedy Center's Election Night Jam.

Read Late Returns From Election Night

November 7, 2012 – An election-night party with Jason Moran and friends, and a brief history of presidential musicians.

Gregory Tardy.

Watch Greg Tardy Quintet: Live In Concert WBGO

November 7, 2012 – A monster saxophonist returns to New York, where his band awaited his arrival. WBGO

Aaron Neville performs with The Neville Brothers in Treme.

Read 'Treme,' Ep. 27: Fat Tuesday 2008 WBGO

November 5, 2012 – The Mardi Gras episode in music, with Aaron Neville, the Marines band and more notable cameos. WBGO

Bassist Percy Heath demonstrates a technique to a student at the summer jazz workshop in Lenox, Mass. in 1959.

Read A Brief History Of Jazz Education, Pt. 1

November 2, 2012 – Today, institutions dominate jazz education, but ambitious musicians have long sought them out .

Terry Callier.

Read Terry Callier On World Cafe

November 1, 2012 – The musician, who died Saturday, had a remarkably versatile career that fused jazz, folk and soul.


For his debut album, drummer Henry Cole put together a band united under the umbrella of Afrobeat.

Read 5 New Directions In Jazz Evolution KMHD

November 1, 2012 – Hear from contemporary innovators who forge new boundaries from an open-ended tradition. KMHD

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

October 30, 2012 – The late saxophonist's 2007 concert with his classic 1970s small group has been released on CD.


Michel Petrucciani on the concert stage in February 1993.

Read Michel Petrucciani: The 'Mischievous Elf' Of The Piano

October 30, 2012 – The imaginative jazz artist, who stood all of three feet tall, is the subject of a new documentary.

DJ Davis (Steve Zahn) gains an audience with Fats Domino and his many gold records.

Read 'Treme,' Ep. 27: The Fat Man WBGO

October 29, 2012 – A recap of the episode's music, featuring Fats Domino, Eyehategod and Dr. Michael White. WBGO

Manu Katche's self-titled fourth album comes out Tuesday.

Read Manu Katche's New Album Drops The 'Sledgehammer'

October 28, 2012 – The French drummer, who worked on Peter Gabriel's So, is a composer in his own right.


Eric Lewis, as ELEW, performs at the Blue Man Group's 20th anniversary after party in 2011.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

October 26, 2012 – The making of ELEW, another "jazz is dead" hit, and Chicago music history both recent and aged.

Saxophonist Art Pepper called George Cables his favorite pianist.

Read George Cables: A Heartfelt Tribute To His 'Muse'

October 26, 2012 – Critic Kevin Whitehead says My Muse is so unassumingly good, you could miss just how good it is.


Bassist Charles Mingus leads a band at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival, including Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet) and Charles McPherson (alto sax, obscured).

Listen A Charles Mingus Anecdote That Has Nothing To Do With Breasts

October 24, 2012 – On a great bassist and composer, and why a serious gig in 1961 was called a "titty."


The Lambreaux men protest the demolition of housing projects.

Read 'Treme,' Ep. 26: That's What Buddy Bolden Said WBGO

October 22, 2012 – A recap of the Christmas episode's music, featuring Joe Krown, Tom McDermott and Jonathan Batiste. WBGO

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