The Arturo O'Farrill Octect performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013. Hayley Bartels/Hayley Bartels/NPR hide caption

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Jazz Night In America Videos

Arturo O'Farrill

With an eye on both the past and the future, O'Farrill has jazz and Afro-Cuban music in his DNA.

Steven Bernstein performs at 92Y Tribeca with Sexmob. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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The Checkout: Live

Sexmob: Live In Concert WBGO-FM

Steven Bernstein's down-for-anything quartet parties to the themes of film composer Nino Rota.

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.