Backstage at the Kennedy Center tribute concert to Abbey Lincoln, left to right: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves. Becca Pulliam/WBGO hide caption

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A Tribute To Abbey Lincoln On JazzSet

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Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson sing from the Abbey Lincoln songbook.

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The 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Concert

Anthony Braxton, Richard Davis, Jamey Aebersold and Keith Jarrett are honored in live performance.

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Edmar Castañeda And Friends On JazzSet

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Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón and more.

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Wynton Marsalis Septet: Live In New York

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director reunites his great '90s band to ring in 2014.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant: Live In Washington, D.C.

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At 24, the vocalist was one of the breakout stars of 2013. She sings a set of finely aged material.

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Donald Harrison Quintet: Live At Berklee

The "King of Nouveau Swing" leads a young rhythm section at his alma mater.

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Bobby McFerrin's 'spirityouall': Live At Monterey

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The vocal gymnast salutes his father and his repertoire of spirituals — with his daughter.

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Paquito D'Rivera: Live In Chicago

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Chicago's Latino Music Festival invited the Cuban-born reedman to perform with a string quartet.

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Convergence With Larry Goldings: Live In Denver

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Every month, the sextet gathers in Denver — this particular month with a famed guest organist.

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Wynton Marsalis: New Year's Eve On JazzSet

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The trumpeter and bandleader offers a celebratory double helping of the early jazz pioneers.

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