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Catherine Russell.

Listen Catherine Russell On Mountain Stage

December 4, 2012 – Hear one of the best contemporary jazz and blues vocalists working today perform on Mountain Stage.


Graham Dechter performs at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle.

Watch Graham Dechter: Youth, Steeped In Tradition Jazz24

December 1, 2012 – Watch the 26-year-old jazz guitarist perform the title tune from his new album, Takin' It There. Jazz24

Russell Malone.

Read Russell Malone On Piano Jazz

November 30, 2012 – The guitarist joins bassist Richie Good for a set of performances with host Marian McPartland.


Austin Peralta.

Watch Austin Peralta: A Young Prodigy's Search, Cut Short

November 29, 2012 – The death of 22-year-old pianist prematurely ended a rapidly expanding career.

The Sound Prints Quintet is (L-R): Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh, Joey Baron.

Listen Sound Prints Quintet: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

November 28, 2012 – Few jazz artists are as active as co-bandleaders Joe Lovano (saxophone) and Dave Douglas (trumpet). WBGO


The Lambreaux family meets with New Orleans city planners concerning a national jazz center.

Read 'Treme' Ep. 31: To Call It Quits WBGO

November 27, 2012 – As season three winds to a close, many regular guests of the show play a few numbers. WBGO

Teddy Wilson (center) and drummer Zutty Singleton in 1940.

Watch 100 Years Of Don Byas And Teddy Wilson

November 26, 2012 – This fall marks the centennial anniversaries of two all-time great improvisers, born in 1912.

Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn).

Read Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

November 26, 2012 – The violinist attempts to mix jazz, classical and traditional Chinese music on Burning Bridge.


Coleman Hawkins in 1946.

Read Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center Jazz24

November 21, 2012 – Starting in the 1920s, Hawkins made an afterthought of an instrument into a star attraction. Jazz24

Drummer Pete La Roca plays during the May 19, 1965 recording session for his album Basra.

Read Pete La Roca, Top Post-Bop Jazz Drummer, Has Died

November 20, 2012 – Born Peter Sims, the percussionist was a first-call player in New York's '50s and '60s heyday.

Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s.

Read The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

November 20, 2012 – A new 10-CD box set collects the complete works of the colossus who straddled jazz and blues.


Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) and his student Robert (Jaron Williams) take a minute with trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, playing himself, at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe.

Read 'Treme,' Ep. 30: Doing One Thing Right WBGO

November 19, 2012 – Recap the episode in music with living legend Lionel Ferbos, Irvin Mayfield and the Pinettes. WBGO

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

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