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Catherine Russell, Virginia Mayhew On JazzSet WBGO-FM

Russell and Mayhew present the music of Mary Lou Williams at the festival that bears her name.

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Matt Wilson's Arts And Crafts WBGO-FM

A colorful drummer who proudly deploys his goofy joy, Wilson leads a long-running band in concert.

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Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Tootie Heath WBGO-FM

A wise drummer and two curious collaborators cook comfort food from jazz standards.

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Newport Jazz Festival

The Bad Plus With Bill Frisell, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012 WGBH

A piano trio sui generis meets one of its heroes, a guitarist down for anything.

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Newport Jazz Festival

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, Live In Concert 2012

Top students from the school's international program perform with the sparkling drummer Adam Cruz.

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Newport Jazz Festival

Miguel Zenón's Rayuela Quartet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012 WGBH

The saxophonist teams up with pianist Laurent Coq to write music based on a Julio Cortázar novel.

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Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

What if the late composer-arranger Gil Evans left behind unrecorded masterpieces? Here's the answer.

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The Three Cohens — Anat (right), Avishai (trumpet, center) and Yuval (left) — perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Three Cohens, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Yuval, Anat and Avishai Cohen are top-tier jazz musicians. They're also siblings in a family band.

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