Walter Smith III performs at Boston's Cafe 939 for a special version of WBGO's The Checkout Live. Michael Borgida for NPR hide caption

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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.

Mary Halvorson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 12, 2012. Ryan Smith/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk

Mary Halvorson Quintet

The guitarist brings a decidedly non-standard approach to jazz's standard practices.

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Concerts

McCoy Tyner: Live At SFJAZZ

Watch the massively influential pianist perform with long-time collaborator Bobby Hutcherson.

Saxophonists Joshua Redman (center) and Joe Lovano (left) lead a performance at the SFJAZZ Center grand opening. Scott Chernis/Courtesy of SFJAZZ hide caption

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Concerts

Joe Lovano & Joshua Redman: Live At SFJAZZ

Watch a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective and his tenor sax successor drive a jaunty swinger.

The front line of The Cookers. L-R: Billy Harper, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, Craig Handy. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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The Checkout: Live

The Cookers: Live In Concert WBGO-FM

An all-star band of heavyweight hard-bop masters lift off in loose assembly.