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Dayme Arocena's performance at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is featured in this year's Toast of the Nation. Robert Birnbach/2017 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest hide caption

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Ring In The New Year With Jazz

Celebrate the New Year with our annual jazz party, featuring six hour-long performances sure to get you ready for 2018.

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Ring In The New Year With Jazz

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Celebrate the New Year from Blue Note venues around the world. The lineup includes The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, Fred Hersch, Ron Carter, Buika and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

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Toast Of The Nation 2016

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Hear a playlist of complete jazz concerts from Clark Terry, Snarky Puppy, Anat Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis and more to ring in the new year.

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Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

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For one weekend each January, the epicenter of the New York jazz community is a marathon two-night downtown festival. Hear from Donald Harrison, Gretchen Parlato, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more.

Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

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Toast Of The Nation Rings In 2013

On New Year's Eve, NPR Music and WBGO present a live jazz broadcast from venues coast to coast. Wynton Marsalis, Dee Alexander and John Scofield are scheduled to perform; plus, hear concerts from Chicago, New York and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

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Wynton Marsalis Group: Live In Concert

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By necessity, the early jazz pioneers knew how to make music for revelers. So it made sense that Marsalis put the tunes of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver on the bill for this New Year's Eve bash.

Wynton Marsalis Group In Concert

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Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

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An impromptu bongo beat became a full-on tribute to James Brown, and suddenly a band had a new repertoire. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Alexander and her ensemble honor the Godfather of Soul.

Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul In Concert

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Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert

Following a high-energy main stage set — filled with turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — the young pianist and singer brought his band out into the audience.

Jon Batiste And Stay Human In Concert

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Live In Los Angeles

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With its newest album, the swing revivalists honor a clear pioneer to their dance-friendly approach: Bandleader Cab Calloway. Lead singer Scotty Morris leads the band from Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy In Concert

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Bobby McFerrin's 'spirityouall': Live At Monterey

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The vocal gymnast comes from a musical family — his father was the first African American man to sing at the Metropolitan opera. He sings his own takes on spirituals and then some — with his daughter.

Bobby McFerrin's 'spirityouall': Live At Monterey

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