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Cecil Taylor, 83, is being feted in a two-week celebration of his music in New York City.

Read Cecil Taylor: The Pianist Who's Also An Orchestra

May 17, 2012 – At 83, the great rule-breaking improviser is celebrated for developing a unique musical language.

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Gil Evans in the studio with Miles Davis, circa 1970.

Read Gil Evans, Essential Jazz Arranger, At 100

May 13, 2012 – Famous for his work with Miles Davis, Evans brought orchestral colors and textures to jazz.

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Do conservatories produce "cookie cutter" musicians? (At least they'll be able to play a certain Jimmy Heath blues well.)

Read Around The Jazz Internet: May 11, 2012

May 11, 2012 – "Cookie cutter" students, young musicians in New York and the history of jazz in India.

Ernest Stuart, founder of the Center City Jazz Festival, performs during a mid-afternoon set with his quartet.

Read To Revive A Jazz City, A Philadelphia Musician Stages A Festival

May 5, 2012 – The efforts of a 28-year-old trombonist resulted in the city's most important day for jazz in years.

The Stooges Brass Band performs during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Read In New Orleans, A Health Clinic For Working Musicians

May 5, 2012 – The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic caters to artists without insurance who can't afford to miss work.

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A new profile of Blue Note Records head Don Was, pictured here at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, reveals some interesting signings.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: May 4, 2012

May 4, 2012 – International Jazz Day in review, a conversation with Cecil Taylor and Blue Note's Don Was ... is.

Herbie Hancock's International Jazz Day initiative will be celebrated in two all-star concerts on Monday.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: April 27, 2012

April 27, 2012 – Herbie Hancock's International Jazz Day, veteran bassists profiled and ghost bands carry on.

Cover art detail from Jazz Samba, released 50 years ago today.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: April 20, 2012

April 20, 2012 – Five musicians named Doris Duke Artists, jazz as survival and Jazz Samba's 50th anniversary.

The contradictions between art and business are set into relief by the U.S. income tax code.

Read Why Tax Day Is Even Worse For Musicians

April 16, 2012 – The contradictions between art and business are set into relief by the U.S. income tax code.

Musicians are rallying to raise funds for Dayna Stephens, a beloved saxophonist who suffers from a rare kidney disorder.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012 – Supporting a beloved saxophonist, plus a blogathon, a list of award nominations and a second chance.

Once the home of Washington, D.C.'s "Black Broadway" district, the Howard Theatre is reopening after decades of inactivity.

Read In D.C., A Bastion Of Black Entertainment Returns

April 8, 2012 – The Howard Theatre, the center of what was once dubbed "Black Broadway," reopens this week.

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Detail from the cover of BBNG2, the new mixtape from controversial Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: April 6, 2012

April 6, 2012 – BADBADNOTGOOD makes people angry, Jack DeJohnette is celebrated and a Bill Evans documentary.

Master drummer Billy Hart, 71, released a new album this week.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012 – Jabali Billy Hart releases a new album, Jazz Media Day and a firestorm about a pianist from 1997.

Piano player James Booker is considered a New Orleans legend.

Read Reviving James Booker, The 'Piano Prince Of New Orleans'

March 31, 2012 – An upcoming film examines the man many called New Orleans' best pianist in a hundred years.

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Herbie Hancock plays Kiev, Ukraine in 2010.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012 – Herbie announces International Jazz Day, jazz stars play late night and long-form documentaries.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

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.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

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

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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