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Jazz Music Interviews

John Scofield's latest album is the genre-fluid, continent hopping Uberjam Deux.

Read John Scofield Returns To The Scene Of The Jam

June 30, 2013 – The jazz-rock guitarist's new album, Überjam Deux, reunites some old collaborators.

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Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers.

Watch Terence Blanchard Turns A Tragic Champion Into An Opera Hero

June 15, 2013 – The jazz composer's latest project is an opera based on the true story of a gay boxer in the 1960s.

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Christian McBride.

Read Christian McBride: Music Is About People, Not Grammys

June 6, 2013 – The bassist, whose new album is called People Music, explains how jazz artists can reach audiences.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant's new album is titled WomanChild.

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

June 3, 2013 – Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianist Aaron Diehl honor old traditions as young people.

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Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Gamak.

Read Balancing Influences: Saxophonist Mahanthappa Blends Styles

May 12, 2013 – Rudresh Mahanthappa blends Indian and Western styles, and still makes it rock.

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John Beasley has now served as music director for both editions of International Jazz Day.

Read Meet The Man Who Assembles The World's Biggest Jazz Concert

April 30, 2013 – Pianist John Beasley isn't a household name, but he directs many of them for International Jazz Day.

Hugh Masekela

Read Jazz Great Hugh Masekela, Fresh Because He's Fascinated

April 17, 2013 – The South African trumpeter says at age 74, "I feel like I'm just beginning."

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Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father.

Watch Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

March 31, 2013 – Ibrahim Maalouf's four-valve trumpet plays "blue notes" common to jazz and Middle Eastern styles.

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Hiromi's latest album is called Move.

Read Hiromi: Finding Music In The Daily Din

March 10, 2013 – The pianist's new LP begins with a tribute to a sound she's never liked: the ring of an alarm clock.

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Read When Your Grandfather Is The Greatest Living Jazz Drummer

February 6, 2013 – Marcus Gilmore, 25, is in high demand these days. So is his grandpa: jazz legend Roy Haynes.

Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen has a new album out called Claroscuro.

Read Anat Cohen: Bringing The Clarinet To The World

February 6, 2013 – On a new album, Claroscuro, the clarinetist explores influences from Louis Armstrong to Latin jazz.

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Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net.

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

February 2, 2013 – The 79-year-old saxophonist and composer discusses his new album Without a Net.

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The interior of the auditorium at the new SFJAZZ Center.

Read The New SFJAZZ Center, As Seen By Its Musicians

January 22, 2013 – Two artists who played the first SFJAZZ festival 30 years ago reflect on its new $64 million home.

Wynton Marsalis.

Listen Wynton Marsalis On 'Song Travels'

January 4, 2013 – The trumpeter and composer joins host Michael Feinstein to discuss the music that affects him most.

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Dave Douglas' new album, Be Still, includes hymns he played at his mother's funeral service.

Read Dave Douglas: Jazz Hymns Honor A Dying Wish

December 16, 2012 – The trumpeter's new album of reinterpreted religious music is a tribute to his late mother.

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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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Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

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Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

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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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The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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