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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.

November 1
Wallace Roney @ the Kennedy Center Jazz Club

Wallace Roney casts a spell with his trumpet. Brother Antoine Roney's saxophone provides contrast. Turntable artist Val Genty adds the subtlest of grooves.

October 25
Tribute to Horace Silver from the "Discoveries at Disney Concert Hall" Series, Los Angeles</strong> Randy Brecker, Charles Tolliver, Tom Harrell, George Coleman, Christian McBride and Dee Dee Bridgewater celebrate pianist/composer Horace Silver, who gave many a start in jazz. Thanks to NPR.

October 18
Karrin Allyson @ Kansas City Repertory Theater

In the 1990s Karrin Allyson sang and played cozy Kansas City clubs like the Phoenix and Jardine's. Now she tours internationally with almost the same band. We highlight a return engagement in Kansas City. Thanks to KCUR.

October 11
Violinist Regina Carter and pianist Helen Sung

Talk about accomplished! Regina Carter is a MacArthur Fellow, and Helen Sung graduated with the first Monk Institute of Jazz Performance class. We have them together at "Starry Nights," the fun Friday evening "hang" at New York City's American Museum of Natural History.

September 27
James Carter @ North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

In the 1940s, saxophonist Don Byas (1912-1972) was a pivotal player, but he's no longer well known. James Carter brings back Byas's glorious sound, in a tribute with the Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw. Thanks to Radio Netherlands.

September 20
Latin Vocal Explosion @ North Sea Jazz Festival
Lucas van Merwijk and his Cubop City Big Band present three Latin divas living in Europe - Brazil's Lilian Vieira, Curacao's Izaline Calister, and Venezuela's Yma America. Thanks to Radio Netherlands.

September 13
Dianne Reeves

Singer Diane Reeves performs from the 2006 Monterey Jazz Festival.

September 6
Carla Bley Big Band at the Monterey Festival

Bley performs her suite "Appearing Nightly at The Black Orchid," which was commissioned by the 2005 Monterey Festival.

September 6
Carla Bley Big Band at the Monterey Festival

Bley performs her suite "Appearing Nightly at The Black Orchid," which was commissioned by the 2005 Monterey Festival.

August 30
Kurt Elling at the Kennedy Center

The tenor performs on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

August 23
Andy Narell and Calypsociation at Portland Jazz Festival

An orchestra of steel drum students from Paris with their teacher, world music star Andy Narell, perform a once-in-a-lifetime set.

August 16
The Big River Concert at Chicago Symphony Center

This program present a New Orleans style musical embrace with Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Victor Goines, Herlin Riley, and others.

August 9
Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Kennedy Center

JazzSet's own Dee Dee Bridgewater performs in English, French, and Spanish with her Latin trio. Trombonist Sarah Morrow's group opens, and Christian McBride is guest host.

August 2
Christian McBride Band at the Kennedy Center

Fun-loving, strong-willed bassist Christian McBride can play anything he wants, and he likes to "mess with the jazz fans." The quartet opens with Miles Davis' "No Blues."

July 26
Marlena Shaw at the Kennedy Center

When Count Basie auditioned Marlena Shaw, he said, "Save your voice, sugar, you're going to need it for tonight." In this performance, Shaw sings "Round Midnight" to the rhythm of a ticking clock, and tells the story of the African drum in "Look at You, Look at Me."

July 19
Jon Faddis and Teranga at the Jazz Standard

Trumpeter Jon Faddis performs music from his Teranga CD, featuring percussionists from West Africa.

July 12
Dave Ellis Sanctified Septet at Filoli Jazz

The California seashore inspires this performance from the award-winning Bay Area tenor and his band. Rhonda Hamilton guest hosts.

July 5
Joshua Redman Elastic Band at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA

Saxophonist Joshua Redman performs on sax with organist Sam Yahel and drummer Brian Blade. His song "Molten Soul" is a highlight of the program.

June 28
Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at the Kennedy Center

Three greats -- John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton -- lead this Los Angeles band of jazz-loving studio players, with violinist Regina Carter as their guest.

June 21
Roy Haynes Outdoors at the J&R Music Festival in New York

Drummer Roy Haynes has been on the bandstand since 1942, with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Eric Dolphy, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny. He shows no signs of slowing down on this hot summer's day in 2006.

June 14
Double Bill: Mike Stern & Joe Lovano Outdoors at the J&R Music Festival in New York

Saxophonist Joe Lovano welcomes summer with his tenor, filling City Hall Park and the lower Manhattan canyons.

June 7
Preservation Hall Jazz Band Opens the JVC Jazz Festival in New York

New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band blends old and young players in traditional, danceable parade music -- serious and jubilant -- at an invitation-only picnic to open the annual JVC Jazz Festival. We have your invitation!

May 31
The Rufus Reid Quintet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Legendary sideman Rufus Reid steps into the limelight as a leader to perform original compositions. Rufus has done it all -- years with Dexter Gordon and other greats, bandleader and professor, and commissioned composer. Rich Perry is on saxophone.

May 24
Stefon Harris Quartet Plays Duke Ellington at the American Museum of Natural History in New York

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris and his quintet play music from his album African Tarantella: Dances with Duke. The song "Sunset and the Mockingbird" is a highlight. Marc Cary is on piano for the set.

May 17
Terence Blanchard Celebrates Louis Armstrong Day at the 2007 University of Michigan Jazz Fest

The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble opens. Then, New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard talks about the work of Louis Armstrong before performing in concert with his quintet.

May 10
Benny Golson All-Stars Remember Clifford; Joe Zawinul & WDR Big Band Play Weather Report

Trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Eddie Henderson join Golson & Co. to remember Clifford Brown (1930-1956). Then Zawinul plays new arrangements of music from his time with Miles Davis and Weather Report, at North Sea Jazz. Thanks to Radio Netherlands. Guest Host Rhonda Hamilton.

May 3
Ernestine Anderson and the Diva Jazz Band at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Ernestine Anderson opens the program. "Chatty and engaging," says the Washington Post, "Ms. Anderson moved from nonchalant swing to sass." The Diva Jazz Band follows, with Musical Director Sherrie Maricle on drums. Anat Cohen's clarinet on a Benny Goodman tribute is a highlight.

April 26
New Orleans Musicians Play Holland & Dutch Big Band Plays Cuban Music at the 2006 North Sea Festival

The popular Neville Brothers perform first. Then, Europe's biggest Latin group, the Cubop City Big Band with leader Lucas van Merwijk, presents a Vocal Explosion with Lilian Vieira from Brazil, Izaline Calister from Curacao, and Yma America from Venezuela. Thanks to Radio Netherlands.

April 19
Marvin Stamm at Utah State University

For trumpeter Stamm, leading this quartet with Bill Mays, Rufus Reid and Ed Soph "is a pinnacle because these are the guys with whom I want to play; they are my choice!" When newly graduated from North Texas State, Stamm worked for Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman, before centering on his own jazz.

April 12
James Carter Tribute to Don Byas with the Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw from North Sea 2006

Tenor saxophonist Don Byas (1912-1972) played in Lionel Hampton and Don Redman's big bands. He succeeded Lester Young in the Basie Band, and -- no "moldy fig" -- jammed with bebopper Dizzy Gillespie. Author and jazz critic Gary Giddins wrote that Byas "accomplished both the tenderest warmth and the most strident sting." James Carter is the ideal tenor man for this triumphant tribute.

April 5
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 20th Anniversary Concert
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This edition features three finalists at the 2006 International Piano Competition -- Tigran Hamasyan, born in Gyumri, Armenia; Gerald Clayton from Los Angeles, Calif.; and Aaron Parks from Seattle, Wash. The celebratory All-Star Concert follows, with Judge Herbie Hancock and other luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, playing and singing "Midnight Sun" at the Kennedy Center.

March 29
Daniela Schaechter at the 2006 Kennedy Center Women in Jazz Festival

Italian-born, Brooklyn-based pianist and vocalist Schaechter is the winner of the 2005 Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition. In this performance, she leads her group, featuring Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, Oleg Osenkov on bass, and Alex Sipiagin on trumpet.

March 22
Enrico Rava Quintet at the Montreal International Jazz Festival Stefano Bollani at the Italian Academy, Columbia University

Allmusic.com says the veteran trumpeter Enrico Rava "almost single-handedly brought Italian jazz to international attention." Now, Rava brings a young Italian sextet to this annual global music celebration in Montreal, and introduces the extraordinary 15-year-old saxophonist, Francesco Cafiso. We also hear solo piano from Stefano Bollani, whom Rava introduced a few years ago. Bollani wraps his amazing talent in a sense of humor.

March 15
European Youth Orchestra with U.S. Trombonist Robynn Amy

This super-talented orchestra is made up of young players sponsored by members of the European Broadcasting Union. Trombonist Robynn Amy from Berklee College of Music served as NPR's representative. In one month together, the musicians bonded as friends, climaxing at this final concert in Glasgow.

March 8
Marian McPartland at the Kennedy Center

March is the birthday month of this jazz great, who hosts of NPR's Piano Jazz. With her trio, McPartland plays compositions by Ellington, Ornette Coleman, Jerome Kern, Bix Beiderbecke, and Mary Lou Williams. She reminisces and plays in the moment to an audience who loves every note.

March 1
Kurt Elling Quartet at Kennedy Center Jazz Club

In this performance, Elling proves he is one of a kind. He sings standards like "Easy Living" and tackles fast-paced lyrics a la Jon Hendricks' "Home Cookin". Elling also pays homage to saxophonist Dexter Gordon, and splices in poetry from centuries past.

February 22
Dianne Reeves at the 2006 Monterey Jazz Festival

Four-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves sings music from the film Good Night and Good Luck and talks about being directed by George Clooney. She also performs "Once I Loved" by Jobim, "A Child Is Born" by Thad Jones, "Just My Imagination" from Motown, a song for New Orleans, and her theme "Wonders of the Universe," in a climactic set at the attendence-record-setting 2006 Monterey Jazz Festival.

February 15
Big River Concert at Chicago's Symphony Center

While New Orleans recovers from Hurrican Katrina, the city's musicians cross paths on the road. Banjoist and singer Don Vappie is a highlight of this concert, conjuring up the legendary Jelly Roll Morton. Pianist Peter Martin convened Ellis Marsalis, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, reedman Victor Goines, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Herlin Riley to bring some of the Big Easy to the Windy City.

February 8
Kennedy Center Jazz: Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring trumpeter Jeremy Pelt

The Adderley Brothers, Cannonball and Nat, led one of the most popular bands of the '60s, with young Louis Hayes as the drummer. Hayes knows the Adderley beat and the music inside and out, making for a totally satisfying set with Julius Torentello on alto and Jeremy Pelt on trumpet.

February 1
Michael Brecker Memorial

Michael Brecker's death in January 2007 robs jazz of one of the greatest players ever. In 15 years, he won 11 Grammy Awards, including Best Jazz Instrumental for the 1996 album Tales from the Hudson. WBGO's broadcast of a New York launch party for Tales featured the saxophonist with Joey Calderazzo, piano; James Genus, bass; and Jeff "Tain" Watts. This was Brecker's ideal young road band, tireless and musical all the way, beautifully recorded by Duke Markos.

January 25
NEW Jimmy Heath Big Band

They used to call Jimmy Heath "Little Bird" because he was short and played alto like Charlie Parker. Among many accomplishments since, Heath founded the Jazz Department at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. Little Bird celebrates his 80th with his Big Band at the Blue Note.

January 18
Three Guitars @ the Kennedy Center Jazz Club

John Abercrombie, Badi Assad and Larry Coryell bring three distinct personalities to their shared instrument, the guitar. Each plays with total command. Ms. Assad, from the Brazilian family of guitarists, goes further and plays percussion on her mouth and body.

January 11
Sweet Honey in the Rock @ Boston Symphony Hall

Sweet Honey is a seven-woman choir from the African-American church, singing for justice, social change, and a better world. Their name comes from Psalm 81, which begins "Sing Aloud!" and ends "with honey out of the rock, I have satisfied you."