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Bill Frisell performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 4, 2012 – With his inventive arrangements, the guitarist doesn't hide his love away for classic Beatles tunes.

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Saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum (center) plays the melodica at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, accompanied by Yunior Terry (left) on bass and Dafnis Prieto (right) on drums.

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August 4, 2012 – The Cuban drummer and his next-level comprehension of clave powers a volatile, horn-heavy sextet. WBGO

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Drummer Jack DeJohnette (right) performs with guitarist Dave Fiuczynski (left) at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 4, 2012 – The great drummer turns 70 the week after this electric concert — figuratively and literally. WGBH

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Vocalist and conguero Pedrito Martinez (center) performs with bassist Alvaro Benavides (right) at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 4, 2012 – The charismatic conguero leads a band way beyond what you'd think of Afro-Cuban music or jazz. WGBH

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Saxophonist John Ellis (center) performs with Matt Perrine (left) on sousaphone at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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August 4, 2012 – You can take the tenor saxophonist out of the South, but you can't take the South out of his music.

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Rez Abbasi performs at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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July 12, 2012 – Hear two Newport Jazz Festival sets, each of which showcases a guitar focus and a worldly beat. WBGO

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From left, Marc Ribot (guitar), Chad Taylor (drums) and Henry Grimes (bass) performed at the Village Vanguard in New York City on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

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June 28, 2012 – The guitarist plays Albert Ayler and John Coltrane, dirty blues and fully liberated improvisation. WBGO

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With 46 years under its belt, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Bob Brookmeyer and Thad Jones at the Village Vanguard.

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June 21, 2012 – With 46 years under its belt, the orchestra plays the music of Bob Brookmeyer and Thad Jones. WBGO

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Antonio Sanchez.

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June 17, 2012 – International jazz stars want him as a drummer. But he's also a composer of open, soaring music. WBGO

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Russell Malone (left) and Tassili Bond perform at the Kennedy Center.

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May 31, 2012 – The guitarist's uptempo tunes swing and his ballads melt at the Kennedy Center.

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Henry Cole.

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May 30, 2012 – As part of an 11-piece band, the drummer locates the African heart of Caribbean party music. WBGO

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Gilad Hekselman.

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May 30, 2012 – In his search for the emotional core of modern jazz, the guitarist wrote a batch of nifty tunes. WBGO

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Avishai Cohen of Third World Love.

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April 26, 2012 – Folk dances of Africa and the Middle East come to the fore in the bouncy sway of this quartet. WBGO

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Now vs. Now: (L-R) Jason Lindner, Panagiotis Andreou, Mark Guiliana.

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April 26, 2012 – Jason Lindner's electro-groove trio refracts the sounds of New York City, from bebop to way beyond. WBGO

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