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Live At The Village Vanguard

Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds WBGO-FM

With his ever-changing Fairgrounds band, a top drummer gets to mix and match his favorite musicians.

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The Checkout: Live

Tiny Resistors: Live In Concert WBGO-FM

Bassist Todd Sickafoose unveils lushly textured, slowly developing music for his unique septet.

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Rosetta Trio: Live In Concert WBGO-FM

Bassist Stephan Crump presents his late-afternoon back-porch ditties for interlocking guitars.

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The Checkout: Live

Walter Smith III: Live In Concert WBGO-FM

The tenor saxophonist, a member of some of today's most talked-about jazz groups, leads a quintet.

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The Checkout: Live

Orrin Evans Trio: Live In Concert WBGO-FM

A strong and harmonically provocative pianist, Evans drives a trio live in downtown Manhattan.