Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Gamak. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Balancing Influences: Saxophonist Mahanthappa Blends Styles

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John Beasley has now served as music director for both editions of International Jazz Day. Tim Sassoon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jazz Great Hugh Masekela, Fresh Because He's Fascinated

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Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

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Hiromi's latest album is called Move. Sakiko Nomura/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hiromi: Finding Music In The Daily Din

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Marcus Gilmore (left) and Roy Haynes perform together in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Haynes' daughter is Gilmore's mother. Theo Wargo/Getty Images hide caption

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Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen has a new album out called Claroscuro. Jimmy Katz/Anzic Records hide caption

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Anat Cohen: Bringing The Clarinet To The World

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Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net. Robert Ascroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wayne Shorter On Jazz: 'How Do You Rehearse The Unknown?'

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The interior of the auditorium at the new SFJAZZ Center. Henrik Kam/Courtesy of SFJAZZ hide caption

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Hear Wynton Marsalis On 'Song Travels'

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Dave Douglas' new album, Be Still, includes hymns he played at his mother's funeral service. Austin Nelson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dave Douglas: Jazz Hymns Honor A Dying Wish

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In a 1999 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Dave Brubeck talked about his decades in the music industry and his first love: rodeo roping. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Celebrating The Life Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

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Dave Brubeck performing on the pilot episode of a television program in 1965. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

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In a new memoir, jazz guitarist and son of jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli tells stories from growing up in a musical household and making a name for himself as a musician. Goldberg McDuffie Communications hide caption

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'World On A String': John Pizzarelli Jazzes It Up

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Jazz Man Maret Makes His Way On The Harmonica

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Anat Cohen's new album, her sixth as a bandleader, is called Claroscuro. Jimmy Katz hide caption

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Anat Cohen Bends The Spectrum On 'Claroscuro'

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Joe Jackson's new album is The Duke. Frank Veronsky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joe Jackson Pays Tribute To 'The Duke'

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Luciana Souza has two new albums out, Duos III and The Book of Chet. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova To Chet Baker

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Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli. Ryan MacDonald/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty

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"There was this sensation of going on a journey together, without seat belts," says Rhiannon of her band's first totally improvised performance. Her newest album is called Spontaneous. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rhiannon: An Improviser Resists The Urge To Reuse

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Marian McPartland hosted NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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

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Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

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Susie Arioli's new album, All the Way, was released in June. Marianne Larochelle hide caption

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Jazz Vocalist Susie Arioli Goes 'All The Way'

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Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950. Ron Case/Getty Images hide caption

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Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

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