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Robert Glasper at KCRW

Watch KCRW Presents: Robert Glasper Experiment

December 29, 2012 – The group creates a jazz, soul and R&B sound as eclectic and different as it is cohesive and round.

John Lewis on the cover of his 1958 album The John Lewis Piano.

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December 28, 2012 – The founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet plays "Django" in an archival session from 1989.

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Jon Faddis.

Listen Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra Of New York On JazzSet WBGO

December 27, 2012 – The big band plays "Jingle Bells" and more on New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center. WBGO

The New Standards recently performed "Snow Days" for The Current in Minneapolis.

Watch The New Standards: A Supergroup Celebrates 'Snow Days'

December 25, 2012 – Watch the Twin Cities trio perform the centerpiece to its annual holiday show for The Current.

Robert Glasper at SXSW in March 2012.

Read The Black Arts: Making Jazz In The Mainstream

December 20, 2012 – Breakthrough records made an ongoing conversation about jazz's place in popular music more visible.

Dave Brubeck at Newport.

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December 20, 2012 – JazzSet remembers the legendary pianist with a set from the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival. WBGO

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Dave Douglas' new album, Be Still, includes hymns he played at his mother's funeral service.

Read Dave Douglas: Jazz Hymns Honor A Dying Wish

December 16, 2012 – The trumpeter's new album of reinterpreted religious music is a tribute to his late mother.

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Geri Allen watches as Taylor Eigsti, Jason Moran and Ellis Marsalis, from left, perform in a round robin at A Jazz Piano Christmas 2012.

Listen A Jazz Piano Christmas 2012

December 14, 2012 – Jason Moran, Taylor Eigsti, Geri Allen and Ellis Marsalis perform in NPR Music's annual tradition.

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The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's new album is called Christmas Time Is Here.

Read 5 Jazz Christmas Albums For 2012

December 14, 2012 – These recordings range from deep meditation on the Christian narrative to more offbeat celebration.

Steve Kuhn.

Listen Steve Kuhn On Piano Jazz

December 14, 2012 – Kuhn has honed a unique style built on melodic variation and his ceaseless imagination.

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The clock strikes midnight with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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December 13, 2012 – The trumpeter leads a rousing set before a boisterous, sold-out house at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. WBGO

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The Vijay Iyer Trio is Marcus Gilmore (left, drums), Iyer (center, piano) and Stephan Crump (right, bass).

Read Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – Dancing in rhythm, and exemplifying creativity, here are 10 records which belong to a great lineage.

The front line of The Cookers. L-R: Billy Harper, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, Craig Handy.

Watch The Cookers: Live In Concert WBGO

December 12, 2012 – An all-star band of heavyweight hard-bop masters lift off in loose assembly. WBGO

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Geri Allen.

Watch Geri Allen And Timeline: Live In Concert WBGO

December 12, 2012 – A leading-edge pianist rides the rhythmic boost of a band with a tap dancer, live on stage. WBGO

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Jazz great Charles Mingus performs at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1964.

Read Bass Note: Mingus And The Jazz Workshop Concerts

December 11, 2012 – A new, seven-disc Charles Mingus box set chronicles the jazz legend's mid-'60s live performances.

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Dave Brubeck at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors.

Listen Dave Brubeck On Piano Jazz

December 7, 2012 – The legendary pianist and host Marian McPartland duet in "Just You, Just Me" in this 1997 session.

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In a 1999 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Dave Brubeck talked about his decades in the music industry and his first love: rodeo roping.

Listen Celebrating The Life Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

December 7, 2012 – The jazz master died on Wednesday at age 91. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1999.

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Dave Brubeck rehearses with the San Diego Symphony in 1995.

Watch Dave Brubeck: Beyond 'Take Five'

December 6, 2012 – The late pianist and composer took his craft to college kids, to churches and around the world.

Dave Brubeck performing on the pilot episode of a television program in 1965.

Read Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

December 5, 2012 – One of the most recognized and recognizable musicians of the postwar era has died one day shy of 92.

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In a new memoir, jazz guitarist and son of jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli tells stories from growing up in a musical household and making a name for himself as a musician.

Read 'World On A String': John Pizzarelli Jazzes It Up

December 5, 2012 – In a new book, the guitarist, singer and songwriter shares stories from a musical life.

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Steve Wilson (saxophone), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Peter Washington (bass).

Listen Wilson, Rosnes, Washington: Live At The Village Vanguard WBGO

December 5, 2012 – A sax player, a pianist and a bassist hit the fabled jazz club where they're each already regulars. WBGO

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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.

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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.

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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.

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