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NOTE: Dates correspond to when NPR provides each JazzSet show to radio stations, which can then broadcast the program any time within the following two weeks. Air days, dates and times vary widely across the country. Consult our JazzSet stations list for this information in your area.

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January 1
Benny Green and Russell Malone

Russell Malone says "when musicians trust each other, they don't have to 'make' anything happen. It happens naturally." And it happens here, with this piano and guitar combo performance from the Kennedy Center.

January 8
The Marsalis Family

We've got Ellis on piano, Branford on tenor and soprano, Wynton on trumpet, Delfeayo on trombone, Reginald Veal on bass, and Jason on drums this week, and everyone is "on!" for a New Orleans feast with plenty of modern dishes.

January 15
Nina Simone Tribute

Born in North Carolina in 1933, Nina Simone became a powerful musical voice in the Civil Rights movement, singing lyrics of self-respect and hope unforgettably. She spent the last years of her life in France. Dee Dee Bridgewater will tell us about the impact of Nina Simone, here and abroad. Originally broadcast as part of the 1990 edition of NPR's "New Year's Coast to Coast."

January 22
Michel Camilo Trio at Tanglewood

Pianist Michel Camilo spirits his trio through his compositions. Fast-paced or lyrical, jazz or Latin, Camilo never stumbles or holds back. Charles Flores on bass and Horacio Hernandez on drums add to the joy.

January 29
Kennedy Center Jazz Presents Randy Weston's African Rhythms

Pianist Randy Weston has a deep sound, a long career, and a beautiful philosophy: "We're all musicians, and music is the language of the universe." His lovely compositions for quintet resonate globally, reflecting the West Indies influence of his father, the Brooklyn of his youth, and Africa, where he has lived. With Talib Kibwe on saxophone and Benny Powell on trombone.

Febuary 5
Cassandra Wilson

On her latest CD, Glamoured, Wilson delivers songs by Bob Dylan, Abbey Lincoln, Muddy Waters, Willie Nelson, Sting, and others. This New Jersey Performing Arts Center performance was recorded on November 21, 2003.

Febuary 12
Mulgrew Miller Trio at San Jose Jazz Festival

At the San Jose Repertory Theater, Mulgrew Miller moves easily from standards to Brazilian to bebop to his own compositions. His is arguably one of the best trios in jazz, today or ever.

February 19
Highlights from the 2004 Monterey Jazz Festival
It's a quick trip from San Jose down to Monterey.

February 26
All My Tomorrows: A Career Celebration of Nancy Wilson
Nancy is Backed by John Clayton and the Kennedy Center All Star Jazz Orchestra.

March 4
Pianist Renee Rosnes and Singer Lizz Wright
From the 2003 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.

March 11
Ellen Rowe Quartet, Mimi Fox and Jackie King at San Jose Jazz Festival
Pianist Ellen Rowe is on the bill with guitarists Mimi Fox and Jackie King.

March 18
The Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra with Lew Tabackin
The Orchestra is breaking; Akiyoshi has announced her retirement after 30 years.

March 25
René Marie and Allan Harris
Kennedy Center Jazz presents two contemporary voices celebrating two true originals.

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April 1
The Clayton Brothers with Terell Stafford
Kennedy Center Jazz presents the tight West Coast quartet.

April 8
Sir Roland Hanna and the Marcus Roberts Trio
The late Sir Roland Hanna solo at the 1994 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival followed by the Marcus Roberts Trio's from the 2002 festival.

April 15
Shirley Horn
At the Sanders Theater at Harvard University.

April 22
Mike LeDonne Organ Grooves
Smoke is a happening jazz room near Columbia University in Manhattan, and Tuesday nights are set-aside for Organ Grooves.

April 29
Jason Moran's Bandwagon and the Greg Osby Quartet
The Kennedy Center Jazz Club presents a double bill.

May 6
Jack DeJohnette and Friends

Every year, the Montreal International Jazz Festival presents a series featuring "l'invité" - an invited guest and his friends. In 2003, "l'invité" was drummer Jack DeJohnette, with pianist Herbie Hancock, and bassist Dave Holland, with a special appearance by vocalist Bobby McFerrin.

May 13
Brazil celebration with Dori Caymmi and Claudia Villela

From the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, these two Brazilians create quite a contrast: Villela's vocal improvisations skim over five octaves, and Caymmi plays atmospheric compositions accompanied by his haunting low voice. Ricardo Peixoto is on guitar.

May 20
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee Bridgewater!

From Iridium in New York, our host steps onstage and sings "My Funny Valentine," "A Song for My Father," "A Night in Tunisia," and "Come Sunday." Musical Director Thierry Eliez is on piano and organ. It's a salute to Dee Dee's musical heroes - Miles, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington - and a celebration of her birthday on May 27.

May 27
The Taj Mahal Trio

From Yoshi's in Oakland, New Year's Eve 2002, the bluesman sings his favorites, from a simple "Goin' Fishin'" and "Johnny Too Bad," to "Black Jack Davey" and "Sittin' on Top of the World," to a house-rocking midnight celebration, and a sweet good night.

June 3
Pianist Cedar Walton and the Timeless All-Stars

The Kennedy Center New Year's Eve concert featured "trombonist Curtis Fuller's jaunty swagger, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson's gleaming tone, and tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's full-bore resonance… unfussy propulsion, nimble exchanges and colorful solos," led by Cedar Walton, who "doesn't come to town often enough." (Mike Joyce, Washington Post)

June 10
Steve Lacy & Danilo Perez

From the tiny Regattabar in Boston, the soprano saxophonist who has lived many years in France meets the pianist from Panama, and they have a musical conversation that touches on Thelonious Monk. Lacy and Perez together chose these five songs for this JazzSet, pulling the best from two longer sets.

June 17
A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee

From the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall, top singers take turns with songs of Peggy Lee. Peter Cincotti sings "I Love Being Here with You," Dee Dee Bridgewater sings "Fever," Rita Moreno sings "Don't Smoke in Bed," Cy Coleman sings "Hey Big Spender," and Jane Monheit sings "Sweet Happy Life." Richard Barone created and produced the tribute.

June 24
Chick Corea

From the Blue Note in New York, Chick Corea celebrates New Year's morning 2003 with his trio and Gary Burton on vibes. They classic material: "Senor Mouse," "Monk's Dream," and "Concierto de Aranjuez" from the album Sketches of Spain. Chick describes the rhythm section of Avishai Cohen, bass, and Jeff Ballard, drums, as "a naturally breathing ensemble."

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July 1
James Carter Organ Trio @ the KCJC

Feel the heat as saxophonist James Carter leads an organ trio with Gerrard Gibbs on the Hammond B-3 at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club. This set rocks.

July 8
Django Reinhardt Festival (Bastille Day) @ Birdland

For Bastille Day, a session from Birdland features a stage full of guitarists in Django's spirit - fast fingers, fast swing, and hot music! With accordion and violin, and walk-ons from Ken Peplowski, clarinet; Jay Leonhardt, bass; and Grady Tate, drums.

July 15
COMPILATION: Palatino @ Marciac

Dee Dee Bridgewater introduces us to a most musical quartet of Italian, French, and former-U.S. musicians led by drummer Aldo Romano, in performance at the great festival in the Gascogne countryside, Jazz in Marciac. Recording from Radio France Inter.

July 22
Mulgrew Miller Trio @ San Jose

Mulgrew has played piano on more than 400 jazz recordings. Indoor at the San Jose Jazz Festival, he plays music by Jobim ("O Grande Amor"), Dizzy Gillespie ("Woody 'n You"), as well as his own compositions. Regular bassist Derrick Hodge and 19-year-old wonder drummer Ulysses Owens accompany him.

July 29
A Festival of Kennedy Center Jazz Artists

We get in the spirit with highlights of some of the best music of the recent broadcast season at the Kennedy Center.

August 5
Dave Douglas @ the Monterey Jazz Festival

He's been named Artist, Trumpeter, or Composer of the Year a total of 19 times by Downbeat, JazzTimes, and the Jazz Journalists Association. He brings his quartet with saxophonist Chris Potter to Monterey. And to open: Ralph Towner and Gary Burton on guitar and vibes.

August 12
Count Basie Orchestra @ the University of Michigan Jazz Festival

JazzSet has presented the Count Basie Orchestra from the University of Michigan Jazz Festival and the Chicago Symphony Center, and for the Count's centennial we'll highlight both sets!

August 19
A Festival of Saturdays @ J&R featuring Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Jeremy Pelt, and Kenny Werner

J&R Music covers a whole block on Park Row in New York, and one Saturday afternoon every month, WBGO Jazz 88 broadcasts live from J&R. Here's a quartet of highlights, one each from these great players on sax, piano, trumpet, and piano, respectively.

August 26
Randy Weston's African Rhythms @ the Kennedy Center

From "Lagos" to "A Night in Mbari" to Ellington's "Chromatic Love Affair" to Melba Liston's arrangement of "African Sunrise," a spell is woven by the pianist and his quintet, with TK Blue on saxophone and Benny Powell on trombone.

September 2
Calle 54 @ the Kennedy Center

This hot show brings artists from the film Calle 54 to the radio stage, including saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, flutist Dave Valentin, Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez, and flamenco dancers.

September 9
Nestor Torres @ San Jose

Originally from Puerto Rico, flutist Nestor Torres now lives in Miami. During his set, his feet barely touch the ground. Nestor dances as he plays, leading an all-star Bay Area rhythm section with Rebeca Mauleon, keys, and John Santos, percussion. "El Condor" is one highlight, outdoor at San Jose.

September 16
Grammy Winner Michel Camilo @ Tanglewood 2003

Born and trained as a classical pianist in the Dominican Republic, Michel Camilo leads his trio-including drummer Horacio Hernandez from Cuba-in beautiful Ozawa Hall, the woodsy summer home of the Boston Symphony, in Lenox, MA.

September 23
Cassandra Wilson @ NJPAC

A sold-out house at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark gives Cassandra Wilson a hometown embrace. She sings music by Muddy Waters, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and Sting with her own spare instrumental arrangements and dream-inspiring voice.

September 30
Farewell to Elvin Jones and James Williams

Elvin Jones was most notably a member of John Coltrane's quartet; his flow on the drums was a beauty to behold, all the way to the end of his life. James Williams played two spirituals at the moving memorial service for Elvin Jones. Less than a month later, James himself was gone. JazzSet presents this special remembrance from our archives.

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October 7
Roy Hargrove Quartet at the Kennedy Center

The trumpeter plays brilliantly at both spirited tempos and on gorgeous, tender ballads. On this set the ballad is "Stairway to the Stars." His high-flying quintet gets an extra lift from guest Mulgrew Miller, filling in on piano.

October 14
Stanley Jordan at "Sounds of the City" in Newark

Step into a lovely summer evening, joining a plaza full of people and spilling into the street in front of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, to hear Stanley Jordan's shimmering guitar work. Some solo, some trio -- his unique tap/touch technique powers his expression, from Mozart to McCartney.

October 21
Conrad Herwig's Another Kind of Blue: the Latin Side of Miles Davis

Trombonist Herwig says that Kind of Blue created impressionism in jazz: "it was painting in sound." Conrad's new Latin/Miles CD is one of the best records of 2004. Everyone loves "All Blues" as a Cha Cha! Enjoy music from the new CD at this informal gig at J&R Music in New York.

October 28
Kurt Elling at the Green Mill in Chicago

Kurt Elling sings a spectacular set, with Stefon Harris on vibes and Ed Peterson, showing off the Chicago tenor tradition. Kurt and his trio are regulars at the Green Mill (an old speakeasy on the North Side, more recently home to poetry slams) on Wednesday nights. But this particular Wednesday -- New Year's Eve 2003 -- is anything but run of the mill!

November 4
Kennedy Center Jazz: Vocalist Luciana Souza

The Brazilian-born singer and composer, from the 2004 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, salutes poet Pablo Neruda and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, followed by vocalist/guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria from Rio and New York, at the KC Jazz Club.

November 11
Bill Charlap Trio and Dick Hyman at Gilmore 2004

The mentor (Hyman) and his protégé (Charlap) are equals onstage at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Mich. Charlap's trio plays first ("On a Clear Day" and "Blue Skies"), then Hyman solos (including music from the film Purple Rose of Cairo), and then the two duet.

November 18
WBGO's 25th Anniversary Party

Outdoors at Military Park in Newark, Savion Glover taps, Mulgrew Miller plays solo piano, and the Big Band of Gerald Wilson is sensational, roaring into the sunset at the end of a long party on April of this year, at WBGO Jazz 88's 25th birthday bash.

November 25
The Greatest Generation in Jazz

Percy Heath was a World War II pilot and Jon Hendricks landed on Utah Beach on June 18, 1944. We pay tribute to Percy, the long-time bassist in the Modern Jazz Quartet, with a new set from the Heath Brothers, including saxophonist Jimmy Heath. And we ear-witness a fête for Hendricks, inventor of jazz vocalese (putting words to great instrumental solos), from a 60th anniversary D-Day observance concert in France.

December 2
Michel Legrand Tribute at the Kennedy Center

Patti Austin and M. Legrand sing, the Kennedy Center All-Star Jazz Orchestra plays and the program includes songs such as "Ray Blues" (for the late Ray Charles), "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life," "Summer of '42," "You Must Believe in Spring," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" all written by the perpetual romantic Legrand, composer of more than two hundred film and television scores.

December 9
Herbie Hancock at the Blue Note in New York

Hancock is honored as he moves into his fifth decade of keyboard greatness at the leading edge. Gary Thomas is on tenor, Scott Colley on bass, and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums in this performance from NPR's Toast of the Nation.

December 16
Poncho Sanchez at Yoshi's in Oakland

Poncho plays the congas, sings and leads his grooving band with two powerhouse guests: Joey DeFrancesco on organ and Fred Wesley on trombone. Dance to Latin, jazz, and funk as we revisit an awesome New Year's Eve celebration -- a set that deserves to be on its own CD!

December 23
Salute To Bassist Ray Brown

The New York Times wrote that Ray Brown (1926-2002) "was regularly included among the half-dozen or so greatest of all jazz bassists," and Reuters wrote that Brown "redefined the way the instrument is played in bebop and swing." JazzSet won a Silver Medal in the New York International Radio Festivals for this tribute, with his music from the 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival.

December 30
"All My Tomorrows: A Career Celebration of Nancy Wilson"

Direct from the Kennedy Center, Nancy Wilson -- host of NPR's Jazz Profiles (and mentor to Dee Dee Bridgewater) -- is joined by the KC All-Star Jazz Orchestra in a powerful retrospective of her career. John Clayton conducts. Trumpeter Nicholas Payton and alto master Kenny Garrett join Nancy in a small group to reprise her famous work with Cannonball Adderley.

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