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Jazz Music Interviews

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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Jazz pianist Jason Moran was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010.

Read On Jazz Day, Jason Moran Makes The Case For Relevance

April 30, 2012 – In the U.S., the audience is aging, and the music has struggled to connect with younger generations.

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Han Bennink drums on whatever surface he can find — and plays with tone and rhythm while manipulating the drum with parts of his own body.

Watch The Jazz Drummer Who Makes Music Out Of Everything

April 17, 2012 – Han Bennink hears sonic possibilities in many objects beyond the typical drum set.

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Craig Taborn.

Read Equilateral Triangles: The Challenge Of The Piano Trio

April 4, 2012 – Jazzman Craig Taborn reflects on the possibilities of the format, and those who exemplified it.

The new compilation Echoes of Indiana Avenue collects rare early recordings by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.

Read Wes Montgomery: Early Recordings By A Late Guitar Great

March 25, 2012 – A new collection of rare cuts shows off the jazz guitarist's early career.

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Esperanza Spalding's new album, Radio Music Society, comes out March 20.

Watch Esperanza Spalding: Jazz As 'Radio Music'

March 18, 2012 – The Grammy winner explores the link between jazz and African-American identity on a new album.

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Vijay Iyer released his latest trio record, Accelerando, on March 13.

Read Vijay Iyer: The Physical Experience of Rhythm

March 16, 2012 – The jazz pianist imagines music as human movement in his new trio album Accelerando.

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Jenny Scheinman, far right, with her Mischief & Mayhem quartet. Left to right: drummer Jim Black, bassist Todd Sickafoose, guitarist Nels Cline.

Read Jenny Scheinman: The Right Amount Of 'Mayhem'

February 26, 2012 – No stranger to collaboration, the violinist leads a band of creative risk-takers on her new album.

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Robert Glasper leads his band through experiments in jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock on his new album, Black Radio.

Read Robert Glasper: A Unified Field Theory For Black Music

February 25, 2012 – The pianist's new album, Black Radio, connects the dots between jazz, rock, hip-hop and soul.

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Catherine Russell.

Read Catherine Russell: The Fresh Air In-Studio Concert

February 21, 2012 – The standards singer performs several tracks from her new solo album, Strictly Romancin'.

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Etta James onstage at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Listen Etta James: The 1994 Fresh Air Interview

January 27, 2012 – Fresh Air remembers the singer with excerpts from a 1994 interview about her lengthy career.

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Charlie Haden's latest album is Come Sunday, a collaboration with the late pianist Hank Jones.

Read Charlie Haden: A Moment Of Clarity

January 15, 2012 – The venerable jazz bassist says there's nothing more illuminating than improvisation.

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Carolyn Wonderland (center) learned guitar after getting thrown out of school at 17.

Read Carolyn Wonderland: A Full 'Meal' Of Texas Blues

January 8, 2012 – The Austin musician learned guitar after getting thrown out of school at 17 and hanging out in bars.

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The pop-jazz singer Barbara Lea.

Read Barbara Lea: Remembering A Versatile Cabaret Singer

January 6, 2012 – Fresh Air remembers the late singer with excerpts from an interview and in-studio performance.

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Harold O'Neal's new album is Marvelous Fantasy.

Read A Jazz Pianist's Cinematic 'Fantasy'

December 25, 2011 – Harold O'Neal, whose new album is an homage to the music of silent films, performs live.

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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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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

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

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

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

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

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

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

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

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

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