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Jazz Music Interviews

John Zorn's latest album is Dreamachines, which is inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs' cut-up techniques.

Listen John Zorn: The Fresh Air Interview

September 3, 2013 – At 60, the composer is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before.

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Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie perform.

Watch From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

August 20, 2013 – The Cuban trumpet player discusses the legacy of jazz and his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie.

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Many musicians discover their love for music through church, but Derrick Hodge found church through music. His debut solo album, Live Today, comes out August 6.

Read Derrick Hodge: Finding Music In Unexpected Moments

August 7, 2013 – From church services to communal meals, the jazz bassist is drawn to the music of the everyday.

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Dawn of Midi. Left to right: drummer Qasim Naqvi, bassist Aakaash Israni and pianist Amino Belyamani.

Read From A Jazz Trio, Hypnotic Work That Hardly Sounds Like Jazz

August 3, 2013 – Dawn of Midi uses acoustic instruments to create what sounds like looping, minimal electronic music.

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Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner

Read Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines

July 20, 2013 – The session bassist plays metal, R&B, hip-hop and jazz, folding all of it into his own music.

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George Benson's latest album, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, is a tribute to his hero.

Read George Benson Follows The Path Of His 'Unforgettable' Idol

July 6, 2013 – Like Nat King Cole, Benson is a jazz instrumentalist who became a pop star when he started singing.

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John Scofield's latest album is the genre-fluid, continent hopping Uberjam Deux.

Read John Scofield Returns To The Scene Of The Jam

June 30, 2013 – The jazz-rock guitarist's new album, √úberjam Deux, reunites some old collaborators.

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Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers.

Watch Terence Blanchard Turns A Tragic Champion Into An Opera Hero

June 15, 2013 – The jazz composer's latest project is an opera based on the true story of a gay boxer in the 1960s.

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Christian McBride.

Read Christian McBride: Music Is About People, Not Grammys

June 6, 2013 – The bassist, whose new album is called People Music, explains how jazz artists can reach audiences.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant's new album is titled WomanChild.

Read Authentic Early Jazz, From A 23-Year-Old 'WomanChild'

June 3, 2013 – Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianist Aaron Diehl honor old traditions as young people.

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Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Gamak.

Read Balancing Influences: Saxophonist Mahanthappa Blends Styles

May 12, 2013 – Rudresh Mahanthappa blends Indian and Western styles, and still makes it rock.

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John Beasley has now served as music director for both editions of International Jazz Day.

Read Meet The Man Who Assembles The World's Biggest Jazz Concert

April 30, 2013 – Pianist John Beasley isn't a household name, but he directs many of them for International Jazz Day.

Hugh Masekela

Read Jazz Great Hugh Masekela, Fresh Because He's Fascinated

April 17, 2013 – The South African trumpeter says at age 74, "I feel like I'm just beginning."

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Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father.

Watch Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

March 31, 2013 – Ibrahim Maalouf's four-valve trumpet plays "blue notes" common to jazz and Middle Eastern styles.

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Hiromi's latest album is called Move.

Read Hiromi: Finding Music In The Daily Din

March 10, 2013 – The pianist's new LP begins with a tribute to a sound she's never liked: the ring of an alarm clock.

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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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Why We Fight About Pop Music

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

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Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

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The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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