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Manuel Valera's New Cuban Express: Live In Concert

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He stands in a long line of virtuoso Cuban-born musicians based in New York. In a live performance, the pianist hears the island's percussive sweep as modern, electrified jazz.

Manuel Valera's New Cuban Express in Concert

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Benny Golson: Bringing The Hits

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Golson, who recorded his first album as a bandleader 55 years ago, is responsible for some of the most memorable songs in the jazz canon. Watch the tenor-sax legend perform at KPLU in Seattle.

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Kendrick Scott And Oracle: Live At Berklee

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He's got a kitchen sink for a palette and a natural flow around even the most jagged rhythms. He writes music, too: The fluid drummer Kendrick Scott takes his band to his alma mater for a live preview of his upcoming album.

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Al Foster Quartet

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The great drummer made his debut at the club with Sonny Rollins in the late '60s. Foster has been a sideman to the stars ever since, and now he leads his own band of young guns.

Al Foster Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Roy Haynes Fountain Of Youth Band On JazzSet

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"My name is Roy Haynes and I'm the drummer. Give the drummer some!" Hear his band at Kennedy Center.

Roy Haynes Fountain Of Youth Band On JazzSet

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Donny McCaslin Group: Live In Concert

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Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has long been known as an exceptional jazz soloist. Lately, he's been on a funk-fueled electric bender, and if this dubby, space-age show is any indication, his band won't unplug any time soon.

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Adam Rogers' DICE: Live In Concert

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The guitarist may be best known as a modern jazz musician, but he's never shied away from his funk and rock upbringing. Case in point: Rogers' new trio, full of skronky shredding and biting backbeats, performs live in concert.

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Galactic In Concert

Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club was home to a night of New Orleans soul and funk when Galactic took the stage for a performance, originally webcast live on NPR Music Feb. 23.

Galactic In Concert

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Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

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There's a tradition in many New York City jazz clubs: Monday nights are reserved for big bands. The Village Vanguard, the most storied of clubs, has observed this practice since 1966.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard

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Leala Cyr And Ricardo Vogt: Live In Concert

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She's from a small Midwestern town. He's from Southern Brazil. But they've been collaborating for years — she with voice and trumpet, he on guitar — and they demonstrate their blend of musical traditions in a live concert broadcast.

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The brilliant and nimble guitarist reinvents the songs of John Lennon at the NPR Music offices.

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Arturo Sandoval: The Music In His Heart

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One of the world's foremost jazz trumpeters delights with two masterful performances of time-honored standards.

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Mark Turner Quartet On JazzSet

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The late Paul Motian plays drums on this set from the Village Vanguard, his favorite room.

Mark Turner Quartet On JazzSet

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E.J. Strickland Project: Live In Concert

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A drummer re-scores the Stevie Wonder songbook for two singers, two saxes and a jazz rhythm section. Hear classics like "Golden Lady" and deep cuts alike reinterpreted in a live concert recording.

E.J. Strickland Project: Live At 92Y Tribeca

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Olatuja Project: Live In Concert

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A husband-and-wife team makes genre-crossing music which reflects the West African diaspora in sound, from talking drum to gospel music and keyboard synthesizer. Hear a live concert recording from New York.