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Jon Hendricks gives a clinic on vocalese at the 2007 Art of Jazz Festival.

Watch Jon Hendricks: The Father Of Vocalese At 90

September 16, 2011 – Hendricks puts words to jazz in insanely complex vocal arrangements of instrumental solos.

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Al Jarreau says that Jon Hendricks' lyrics can appear simple, but contain "depths of meaning."

Read Voices: Al Jarreau On Jon Hendricks

September 16, 2011 – The paragon of vocal cool courted his wife of nearly 35 years with Hendricks' vocalese lyrics.

Hugh Laurie worked with producer Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas and Dr. John on his debut album, Let Them Talk.

Read Hugh Laurie's New Orleans Romp, By Way Of Oxford

September 2, 2011 – The House actor worked with Allen Toussaint and Dr. John on his debut album, Let Them Talk.

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Barbara Carroll with Dizzy Gillespie, c. 1957.

Read Barbara Carroll: Still 'Going On' After A Dizzying Career

August 7, 2011 – Now 86, the jazz pianist got her start doing club gigs opposite Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

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Smooth jazz singer-songwriter Michael Franks tells the stories behind the songs on his new album Time Together.

Read 'Time Together' With Michael Franks

August 6, 2011 – The smooth jazz singer-songwriter tells the stories behind his new album Time Together.

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Gerald Wilson

Read The Gerald Wilson Orchestra: A Living 'Legacy'

July 16, 2011 – Now in his 90s, the jazz giant has enlisted his son and grandson for his latest album.

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Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) leads his students on a busking adventure in the French Quarter on Treme.

Read Wendell Pierce: Everyone's Favorite Fake Trombone Player

July 4, 2011 – The actor who plays the salty musician Antoine Batiste on Treme talks New Orleans and jazz radio.

James Torme's new album is titled Love for Sale.

Read James Torme Steps Into His Father's Legacy

June 26, 2011 – Torme grew up bouncing on the knees of jazz greats. Now, it's his turn to take the stage.

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Chick Corea performs in Melbourne, Australia in February 2011. Corea and a new version of his band Return to Forever tour the U.S. and Europe this summer.

Read Chick Corea's Playlist For A Reunion

June 23, 2011 – The keyboardist picked five songs to tell the history of his reunited band Return To Forever.

Sachal Vasandani's new album is called Hi-Fly.

Read Sachal Vasandani: A 'Nice Indian Kid' Learns To Sing Jazz

June 21, 2011 – The young vocalist says his musical family and upbringing in Chicago helped cement his passion.

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Arturo O'Farrill, son of the legendary Cuban bandleader Chico O'Farrill, recently took his own band on a trip to Cuba.

Read A Jazz Man's Cuban Pilgrimage, With Band In Tow

June 18, 2011 – Arturo O'Farrill, son of the late Cuban bandleader Chico O'Farrill, discusses his father's legacy.

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Stacey Kent's latest album, Raconte-Moi, is sung entirely in French.

Read An American Jazz Diva Plays French Chanteuse

June 12, 2011 – Stacey Kent discusses how a close childhood relationship made her a lifelong Francophile.

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Ben Allison says that putting a personal spin on the songs he loves often requires breaking them apart.

Read Jazz Man Ben Allison: Personal And Unpredictable

June 11, 2011 – A bassist and composer, Allison reveals the challenges of covering songs he loves.

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Gordon Goodwin arranged "Rhapsody In Blue" for his Big Phat Band.

Read A Big, Phat 'Rhapsody In Blue'

June 10, 2011 – Jazz musician Gordon Goodwin has arranged George Gershwin's piece for his brassy Big Phat Band.

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Owner Henry Gipson (aka Mr. Gip) addresses the crowd at Gip's Place in Bessemer, Ala.

Read Gip's Place: A Blues Lover's Dream

May 21, 2011 – The Bessemer, Ala., juke joint offers young players an opportunity to hone their chops with pros.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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