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Jazz Music Interviews

Marian McPartland hosted NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years.

Read Marian McPartland's Storied Life, Told 'In Good Time'

August 18, 2012 – The jazz pianist and longtime host of NPR's Piano Jazz tells her story in a new documentary.

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Branford Marsalis spoke with NPR about modern jazz, his family, and his new album, Four MFs Playin' Tunes.

Read Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

August 11, 2012 – The saxophonist also outlined the failings of modern jazz and his hopes for the next generation.

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Susie Arioli's new album, All the Way, was released in June.

Read Jazz Vocalist Susie Arioli Goes 'All The Way'

August 8, 2012 – Listen to an in-studio concert and conversation with the Canadian singer and her guitarist.

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Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950.

Read Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

August 7, 2012 – The Pulitzer-winning columnist says he'll never forget the way his mother sang Nat King Cole songs.

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The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, left to right: Ginny Carr, alto; Robert McBride, tenor; Holly Shockey, soprano; and Andre Enceneat, bass. The group's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig, came out in May.

Read Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Scat Singing To Its Own Tune

August 4, 2012 – After years singing other people's songs, bandleader Ginny Carr has crafted an album of originals.

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19.

Read At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

July 19, 2012 – Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John and Alice) recalls a childhood filled with symphonic music.

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Linda Oh's latest album, Initial Here, was released May 22.

Read 'Initial Here': Jazz Musician Linda Oh Plays Out Her Heritage

July 8, 2012 – Oh's album weaves in her family's journey from China to Malaysia to Australia.

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Stephane Wrembel's new album is called Origins.

Watch Stephane Wrembel: Music As 'A Question Of Life And Death'

July 1, 2012 – The French guitarist discusses his new album and the enduring influence of Django Reinhardt.

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Trumpeter John Thornton plays at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from NPR's headquarters.

Read A Lone Trumpeter Serenades The National Mall

June 30, 2012 – John Thornton is a street musician who holds court near the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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Cassandra Wilson explores geography, as well as a lifelong relationship with the guitar, on Another Country.

Read Cassandra Wilson: 'The Guitar Is My Heart'

June 24, 2012 – The singer explores a lifelong relationship with the guitar on her new album, Another Country.

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Matt Wilson plays drums in the jazz ensemble Arts and Crafts.

Read Matt Wilson: 'I Hear Melody In All Rhythm'

June 23, 2012 – The jazz drummer says great percussionists like Buddy Rich and Max Roach make their cymbals "sing."

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Kate McGarry's new album is titled Girl Talk.

Read Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word

June 17, 2012 – While making her new album, McGarry researched what her singing idols sounded like in conversation.

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The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble features eight of trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran's sons.

Read One Father, Eight Sons, Nine Shiny Brass Bells

June 17, 2012 – A jazzman and his musical progeny in The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble join forces on a new album.

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Mike Huckabee sits in on bass with the Tonight Show band in 2008.

Read Mike Huckabee's Musical Education

June 5, 2012 – The politician plays bass in a rock group, but says he grew up listening to big-band jazz.

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Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie on tour in Europe in 1991. Sandoval's new album, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), is a tribute to his friend and mentor.

Read Days With Dizzy: Arturo Sandoval On His Trumpet Mentor

May 12, 2012 – The Cuban trumpeter befriended Dizzy Gillespie when the American jazzman visited Havana in 1977.

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First Listen

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

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