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Alex Ariff

Producer of Jazz Night In America, WBGO

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Mose Allison Gai Terrell/Redferns hide caption

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Honoring the iconic blues and ironic humor of Mose Allison

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The nouveau swing of Donald Harrison Jr., Big Chief and NEA Jazz Master

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Stanley Clarke performs at the Jazz Festival Basel, on November 1, 2017 in Switzerland. Goffredo Loertscher/WBGO hide caption

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Stanley Clarke – The Virtuoso Bass Doubler is now an NEA Jazz Master

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2022 NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart Jonathan Chimene hide caption

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Jabali, Drummer Billy Hart – Master Teacher, Forever Student, and NEA Jazz Master

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Cassandra Wilson: Subtle singer, subversive songwriter and 2022 NEA Jazz Master

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Damien Sneed conducts his Chorale Le Chateau during a performance of Wynton Marsalis' Abyssinian Mass at Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2019. Ayano Hisa/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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The gospel according to Damien Sneed

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In memoriam: Jazz Night In America remembers the icons we lost in 2021

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Leonard Bernstein at rehearsal for West Side Story. Carol Lawrence (who played Maria) is at his left, and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is playing the piano, 1957. Library of Congress, Music Division hide caption

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West Side Story: How two jazz artists continue to reinvent the Bernstein classic

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Strata-East Records founders, from left: Trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell, photographed in 1970. David Redfern/Redferns/Getty hide caption

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Strata-East at 50: How a revolutionary record label put control in artists' hands

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Mel Brown, 2019 Montavilla Jazz Festival Kathryn Elsesser/Kathryn Elsesser Photography hide caption

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Drummer and local legend Mel Brown endures as the humble godfather of Portland jazz

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Trumpeter Charlie Porter and bassist John Lakey perform in May 2021. Aaron Hayman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Portland's Montavilla Jazz Brings Music To Your Front Door

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Shemekia Copeland performs at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May, NJ. Mitra I. Arthur/NPR hide caption

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Shemekia Copeland, Modern Guardian Of The Blues

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Saxophonist Camille Thurman and bassist Endea Owens play at a Community Cookout in Jamaica, Queens on Sunday May 9, 2021 Anthony Artis /Artist hide caption

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Bassist Endea Owens Cooks Up Jazz For The Community

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Saxophonists Mike and Julian Lee Christopher Drukker/Artist hide caption

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A 'Jazz Night' Family Affair: Father And Son Saxophonists Mike And Julian Lee

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