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Esperanza Spalding performs for "Morning Becomes Eclectic."

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June 6, 2012 – Watch Spalding and her brass band perform "Smile Like That" from her new album, Radio Music Society. KCRW

Jack DeJohnette.

Listen Jack DeJohnette And Friends: Miles On Their Minds Jazz24

May 31, 2012 – Hear the veteran drummer perform two songs with pianist Chick Corea and bassist Stanley Clarke. Jazz24


Ellis Larkins on the cover of A Smooth One.

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May 4, 2012 – In a 1979 Piano Jazz session, Larkins performs standards by Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer and more.


Lynne Arriale.

Watch Lynne Arriale: A Dose Of Something Extra Jazz24

May 1, 2012 – A longtime favorite of KPLU, the pianist performs with her trio in the station's Seattle studio. Jazz24

 "Jaki [Byard] gives me an avenue to travel if I want to go into Earl Hines territory. When I play a Jaki piece, it's not only in honor of Jaki, but it's in honor of the people then who also gave it to him," Jason Moran says of his mentor.

Listen Jason Moran On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

March 30, 2012 – Hear the talked-about pianist and composer perform a broad set of 21st-century jazz piano tunes.


From left: Steve Lehman, Damion Reid and Matt Brewer recently performed on WBGO's The Checkout with host Josh Jackson.

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March 27, 2012 – The sax player performs three tracks from his new album, Dialect Fluorescent, on The Checkout. WBGO


 "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."

Listen Stefon Harris On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

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


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

Watch Benny Golson: Bringing The Hits Jazz24

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."


 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.


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

Listen Hiromi On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

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


 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."


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


 "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.


 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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