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The Checkout: Live

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio: Live In Concert WBGO-FM

The pianist's imaginative virtuosity is beginning to translate to stateside jazz success.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

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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Live At The Village Vanguard

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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Live At The Village Vanguard

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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