Father Figure performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 6, 2013. Lizzie Chen/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk

Father Figures

Zany, brainy and danceable, these guys' music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest.

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.