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Jazz Studio Sessions

 "You have to love this art form," Stefon Harris says. "It's one of the only opportunities in the world where we really can be purely honest and in the moment, and let the music unfold and reveal itself."

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March 23, 2012 – Harris showcases his fiery work on the vibes through a polished set of standards and originals.

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Benny Golson (right) and pianist Sharp Radway perform at the KPLU studios in Seattle.

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March 22, 2012 – Watch the tenor-sax legend perform three of his classic tunes in a session at KPLU in Seattle. Jazz24

 "I think I came out of the womb singing," says Whitney James.

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March 16, 2012 – Whitney James performs with an unscripted quality, always "discovering things about the song."

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 When trumpeter Dominick Farinacci was on a steady diet of Vanilla Ice, Ice-T and Ice Cube, he says it was hearing the music of Louis Armstrong that turned him to jazz trumpet.

Listen Dominick Farinacci On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

March 9, 2012 – Farinacci's versatile trumpet ranges from the soft and seductive to the rough and bluesy.

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 At a young age, Hiromi says her piano teacher taught her to play "from heart to heart, not from fingers to ears."

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March 2, 2012 – Hiromi plays stride piano with blinding speed and deadly accuracy in a session with host Jon Weber.

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 Chris Dingman's song "Manhattan Bridge" was inspired by his daily commute to and from work: "[There's] this moment of beauty when you emerge on the Manhattan Bridge and you see the whole city before you, and there's this feeling of hope."

Listen Chris Dingman On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 24, 2012 – Inspired by his daily commute, the vibraphonist performs the quietly hopeful "Manhattan Bridge."

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Mavis Staples performs with The Roots at the Climate Rally on the National Mall on April 25, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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February 20, 2012 – Hear archival conversations with Buddy Guy, R.L. Burnside, Mavis Staples and Koko Taylor. WXPN

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 "It's a matter of understanding the vocabulary, in my opinion," pianist Aaron Diehl says of stride-piano music. "That stuff isn't meant to be played note for note."

Listen Aaron Diehl On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 16, 2012 – Hear Diehl's modern take on the music of the time-honored masters of stride and swing.

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 Sachal Vasandani's vocal revelation stems back to middle school: "I would raise my hand to do a scat solo on one of the jazz choir songs and found out that the ideas that were in my head were coming out a lot easier in my voice than on the French horn."

Listen Sachal Vasandani On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 10, 2012 – Right now, no one sounds like the young singer, who swings on standards and originals in a session.

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 Kris Bowers opens this session with a soulful, prepared-piano version of Juan Tizol's "Caravan": "It's important to remember that [the piano] is a percussive instrument."

Listen Kris Bowers On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – From prepared piano to quiet ballads, the pianist keeps a wide sonic palette in orbit.

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 Tammy McCann says that improvisation was the "hardest thing in the world to do coming from classical to jazz."

Listen Tammy McCann On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – McCann's extensive vocal background crosses genres, as she uses operatic melodies to scat.

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 Grace Kelly says that the first saxophonist she heard was Stan Getz: "I just fell in love with his sound, his tone. To me, he sounds like the human voice coming through the saxophone."

Listen Grace Kelly On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – The alto-saxophone phenom duets with host Jon Weber in "The Way You Look Tonight" and more.

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"I think solo piano is always the loneliest art form," Taylor Eigsti says. "It's fun, but I think it takes a while for it to become fun at times."

Listen Taylor Eigsti On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

February 9, 2012 – The young pianist inaugurates a new program highlighting the jazz legends of tomorrow.

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Arturo Sandoval playing a beautiful instrument, beautifully.

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February 2, 2012 – One of the world's foremost jazz trumpeters delights with two masterful performances of standards. KVIX

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Stephen Sondheim in 1974, the year after the premiere of his A Little Night Music, which includes "Send in the Clowns."

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December 30, 2011 – The musical theater composer performs "Send in the Clowns" and more with host Marian McPartland.

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