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Read Back Home With Canada's Greatest Living Jazz Musician

July 12, 2012 – In his mid-40s, pianist Oliver Jones returned home to Montreal. Then he became a national treasure.

WBGO's Josh Jackson and freelance journalist Angelika Beener present at the JJA Jazz Awards, as captured by a smartphone.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012 – The JJA Jazz Awards, Ravi Coltrane, performers' rights and sad news from WGBH.

The reinstatement of the Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy award was celebrated by many in the jazz community recently.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012 – The top 20 records of the last 20 years, more money from music and the Latin Jazz Grammy returns.

The New York City club Smalls has made its shows available via live webcast and records some of them for an in-house record label.

Read Six Creative Presenters Finding New Audiences For Jazz

June 9, 2012 – Three concert presenters and three record labels explain how they're trying to attract new fans.

A memorial outside Seattle's Cafe Racer on Thursday, a day after a deadly shooting inside. Just a few days later, musicians gathered outside the coffeehouse for an improvised memorial jam session.

Read 4 Days After Murders, Musical Mourners Improvise A Tribute

June 4, 2012 – The killings in Seattle left a weekly jam session with a different venue and a very different tone.

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Read Five DC Jazz Festival Artists Actually From The Washington Area

June 1, 2012 – Here are five great musicians who will keep the nation's capital swinging well after early June.

Is the Internet affecting the way we process live music? One writer thinks it's possible.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012 – Jerry Gonzalez, the late Pete Cosey, anecdotes of a trad-jazz band and your brain on the Internet.

Metallica's bassist Robert Trujillo will finance a film about his hero, pioneering electric bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012 – Ralph Peterson, Neneh Cherry, the Library of Congress archives and a generous Metallica bassist.

In this promotional image of the band James Farm, Joshua Redman is second from left, and Aaron Parks is to his left.

Read An Uncommon 'Riddle': Joshua Redman Covers His Musical Peer

May 25, 2012 – The saxophonist performs a piece by his contemporary — a practice much rarer than you might think.

Pianist and composer Kurt Ellenberger says it "seems insurmountable" to develop jazz audiences in the face of the dominant culture.

Read 'It Can't Be Done': The Difficulty Of Growing A Jazz Audience

May 23, 2012 – Pianist and composer Kurt Ellenberger urges musicians to "make money doing something else."

Which 10 albums would you give to a jazz neophyte?

Read Around The Jazz Internet: May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012 – Ten albums for newbies, the hated Cabaret Card and composer/arranger Gil Evans' centennial.

Toots Thielemans performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in July 2005. He's celebrating his 90th birthday with a series of concerts throughout his native Belgium.

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May 18, 2012 – The jazz master Toots Thielemans turned 90 this year. In Brussels, the celebration is on. WBGO

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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.

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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.

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

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

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.

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