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Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines

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George Benson's latest album, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, is a tribute to his hero. Greg Allen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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George Benson Follows The Path Of His 'Unforgettable' Idol

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John Scofield's latest album is the genre-fluid, continent hopping Uberjam Deux. Frank Stefan Kimmel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Scofield Returns To The Scene Of The Jam

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Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers. Nitin Vadukul/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Terence Blanchard Turns A Tragic Champion Into An Opera Hero

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Christian McBride: Music Is About People, Not Grammys

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Cecile McLorin Salvant's new album is titled WomanChild. John Abbott/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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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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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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