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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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. Michael G. Stewart hide caption

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Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Scat Singing To Its Own Tune

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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. Deborah Feingold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

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Linda Oh's latest album, Initial Here, was released May 22. Vincent Soyez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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Stephane Wrembel's new album is called Origins. J. Elon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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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. Devon Kodzis/NPR hide caption

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A Lone Trumpeter Serenades The National Mall

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

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Cassandra Wilson: 'The Guitar Is My Heart'

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Matt Wilson plays drums in the jazz ensemble Arts and Crafts. Jimmy Katz hide caption

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Matt Wilson: 'I Hear Melody In All Rhythm'

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Kate McGarry's new album is titled Girl Talk. Matteo Trisolini hide caption

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Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word

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The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble features eight of trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran's sons. Georgia Khun hide caption

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One Father, Eight Sons, Nine Shiny Brass Bells

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Mike Huckabee sits in on bass with the Tonight Show band in 2008. Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty Images hide caption

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Mike Huckabee's Musical Education

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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. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Days With Dizzy: Arturo Sandoval On His Trumpet Mentor

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Jazz pianist Jason Moran was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010. Clay Patrick McBride/ hide caption

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On Jazz Day, Jason Moran Makes The Case For Relevance

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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. Michael Jackson hide caption

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The Jazz Drummer Who Makes Music Out Of Everything

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

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Wes Montgomery: Early Recordings By A Late Guitar Great

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Esperanza Spalding's new album, Radio Music Society, comes out March 20. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Esperanza Spalding: Jazz As 'Radio Music'

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