Geri Allen watches as Taylor Eigsti, Jason Moran and Ellis Marsalis, from left, perform in a round robin at A Jazz Piano Christmas 2012. Brendan Hoffman for NPR hide caption

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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2012

Jason Moran, Taylor Eigsti, Geri Allen and Ellis Marsalis perform in NPR Music's annual tradition.

The front line of The Cookers. L-R: Billy Harper, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, Craig Handy. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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The Checkout: Live

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An all-star band of heavyweight hard-bop masters lift off in loose assembly.