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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.

Read World Cafe Looks Back: Blues And Gospel WXPN

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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


"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.


Arturo Sandoval playing a beautiful instrument, beautifully.

Watch Arturo Sandoval: The Music In His Heart KVIX

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


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

Read Stephen Sondheim On Piano Jazz

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


Gary Burton.

Read Gary Burton On Piano Jazz

December 23, 2011 – The vibraphonist performs a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington and others.


Steven Bernstein leads his Millennial Territory Orchestra in playing the hits of Sly and the Family Stone.

Listen Steven Bernstein's MTO: Revitalizing Sly Stone WFUV

December 22, 2011 – Sly and the Family Stone's hits never sounded this intricate and, in many cases, unpredictable. WFUV


Chick Corea.

Listen Chick Corea: At 70, Still Young At Heart Jazz24

December 20, 2011 – The heavily decorated pianist is busier than ever. Hear his in-studio performance at KPLU. Jazz24


Marian McPartland.

Read Piano Jazz Presents: The Music Of Marian McPartland

December 9, 2011 – Celebrate the host and composer with a set of select performances by McPartland and her guests.


Albert Dailey on the back cover of his 1983 record with Stan Getz, Poetry.

Read Albert Dailey On Piano Jazz

November 18, 2011 – Hear an archival session from the sorely under-appreciated pianist, an intense yet melodic soloist.


Tony Bennett sings in NPR's Studio 4A on Oct. 14.

Watch Tony Bennett And The Art Of Intimacy

October 29, 2011 – The singing legend discusses his legacy and longevity, and performs live in NPR's Studio 4A.


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