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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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Steve Wilson (center) brought a quartet and a string section to the Kennedy Center to pay tribute to the Charlie Parker With Strings LP. Sue Lyn Schramm hide caption

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Steve Wilson With Strings On JazzSet

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Today's alto man renews a classic, Charlie Parker With Strings, at the Kennedy Center.

Steve Wilson With Strings On JazzSet

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They Drive At 55: The Monterey Jazz Anniversary Tour

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An all-star sextet is crossing the country, advancing the festival's mission: to create and support jazz education and performance programs. JazzSet has highlights from the Kennedy Center.

They Drive At 55: The Monterey Jazz Anniversary Tour

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Eddie Palmieri performs at the Kennedy Center. Juan L. Cruz/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Septet On JazzSet

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Palmieri plays the whole piano, and he's not shy about throwing an elbow or forearm to get the effect he needs.

Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Septet On JazzSet

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Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet

Held each summer in the lovely hillside country of Westchester County, the Caramoor Jazz Festival is in a rolling woods, 40 miles northeast of New York City. Hear Dee Dee Bridgewater lead her quintet.

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Chorale For Horns And iPad App, In The Pouring Rain

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We had hoped that the great drummer Brian Blade would give us a little backstage percussion exhibition. But rain scuttled those plans. Instead, he and his band worked out a different kind of beauty.

David Sanchez and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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David Sanchez With The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, Live In Concert

The Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist joins a select international ensemble from one of jazz's top conservatories in a festival-opening performance of his own compositions.

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors With David Sanchez In Concert

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Gretchen Parlato performing at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Katonah, N.Y. July 28. Gabe Palacio/Courtesy of the Caramoor Festival hide caption

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Gretchen Parlato, The Cookers On JazzSet

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The 2012 Caramoor Jazz Festival presents everything from young artists making their marks to established stars still shining bright. We highlight singer Gretchen Parlato and hard bop band The Cookers.

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Gregory Porter, Live In Concert

The commanding singer named two of his three albums Water and Liquid Spirit. Appropriately, in his triumphant return to Newport, Porter projected his booming voice through day-long rain showers.

Gregory Porter In Concert

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Darcy James Argue conducts the Secret Society in a new big-band piece at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Live In Concert

With a sly salute to fellow composer and big-band leader Duke Ellington, Argue presents the U.S. premiere of a new 35-minute work. It joins other unrecorded tunes during Secret Society's Newport set.

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society In Concert

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Arturo O'Farrill On JazzSet

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The ALJO is celebrating its tenth anniversary and looking forward to Grammy night. The group is nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. They won in 2009 as well.

Arturo O'Farrill And The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra On JazzSet

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Sangam performs at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. From left to right: Eric Harland, Zakir Hussain and Charles Lloyd. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Charles Lloyd's Sangam On JazzSet

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Charles Lloyd is celebrating his 75th birthday with a new album, Hagar's Song, and concert in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Charles Lloyd's Sangam On JazzSet

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Bill Frisell plays John Lennon songs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Bill Frisell On JazzSet

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Guitarist Bill Frisell shines in three very different settings: with his band reworking John Lennon tunes, in a duo with violinist Jenny Scheinman, and with The Bad Plus playing music of Paul Motian.

Bill Frisell On JazzSet

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