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

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

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Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova To Chet Baker

The Brazilian singer's two new albums of cover songs explore her love of both jazz and bossa nova.

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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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The young Berklee-trained violinist dedicates his new album to the late legend Stephane Grappelli.

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

The jazz pianist and longtime host of NPR's Piano Jazz tells her story in a new documentary full of archival footage, family photos and interviews.

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Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

The saxophonist also outlined the failings of modern jazz and his hopes for the next generation.

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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'

Listen to an in-studio concert and conversation with the Canadian singer and her longtime guitarist, Jordan Officer.

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Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author says he'll never forget his mother's renditions of Nat King Cole songs.

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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

After years of singing other people's songs, bandleader and co-founder Ginny Carr has crafted a tightly harmonized album of originals.

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

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

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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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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'

Once described by Time as "America's best singer," Wilson explores a lifelong relationship with the guitar on her new album, Another Country.

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Matt Wilson: 'I Hear Melody In All Rhythm'

The jazz drummer tells NPR's Guy Raz that great percussionists like Buddy Rich and Max Roach make their cymbals "sing."

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

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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

A veteran jazzman and his musical family put their horns together on their first collaborative release, Kelan Philip Cohran and The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

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

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

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