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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Hear today's best artists in performance on stages around the world

"It was part of a beautiful, long story," Dee Dee Bridgewater says of hosting JazzSet. "It has been a highlight of my career." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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JazzSet Signs Off

From outdoor festivals to concert halls in major cities, JazzSet was there. Hear an intimate, bittersweet farewell, with highlights that span the NPR jazz program's 23-year run.

The JazzSet Finale

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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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Christian McBride in rehearsal at the Kennedy Center. Jeffrey Kliman/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center. hide caption

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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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Benny Green Trio On JazzSet

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The trio presents Monk's Dream: Fifty Years Fresh at the KC Jazz Club with Gary Smulyan.

Benny Green Trio On JazzSet

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Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey. Cole Thompson hide caption

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'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet

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In three collaborations in the late 1950s, Gil Evans and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz. Terence Blanchard plays Davis' role with commitment and emotion in this set.

Dee Dee Bridgewater (right) smiles big with pianist Edsel Gomez. Richard Conde hide caption

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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.

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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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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Ryan Truesdell conducts the Gil Evans Centennial Project at Newport. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project On JazzSet

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Hear a live performance at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. Gretchen Parlato sings a song that Bill Evans arranged for Astrud Gilberto, while Truesdell chooses additional pieces with special meaning.

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project On JazzSet

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Anat Cohen (left) performs with Avishai Cohen (center) at the Newport Jazz Festival. Ayano Hisa for NPR hide caption

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Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen On JazzSet

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As rich as Anat Cohen's work is, Avishai Cohen's Triveni trio is spare. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, the siblings perform together and apart at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center.

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón performs with pianist Laurent Coq at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Miguel Zenón And Dafnis Prieto On JazzSet

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Saxophonist Miguel Zenón (from Puerto Rico) and drummer Dafnis Prieto (from Cuba) have both resettled in the U.S., and are reworking the music of their islands in studios and on bandstands worldwide.

Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet

JazzSet ramps up with music from Newport 2012. From the Quad Stage, hear the first-call drummer and Grammy-winning vocalist lead inspiring sets, back to back.

Saxophonist John Ellis (center) performs with Matt Perrine (left) on sousaphone at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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John Ellis, Darcy James Argue On JazzSet

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A carnival, a funhouse, a carousel atop the tallest building in the world — all are imagined settings for music of Ellis and Argue at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

From a traditional blessing to a children's dance, hear a violin address the African diaspora — and a trumpet tell a bedtime story.

Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

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Amir ElSaffar performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers On JazzSet

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Marvel at the musical flow — even in non-Western modes and odd, long meters at breakneck speeds — in this set, recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers On JazzSet

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Ray Anderson (right) leads his scaled-down Pocket Brass Band at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Ray Anderson's 'Sweet Chicago Suite' On JazzSet

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Anderson shares his "musical memoir" of growing up in 1960s Chicago with a live version of his Sweet Chicago Suite at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Ray Anderson's 'Sweet Chicago Suite' On JazzSet

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Patrick Cornelius performs at Berklee College of Music's Café 939 in Boston. Michael Borgida/Berklee College of Music hide caption

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Patrick Cornelius On JazzSet

Inspired by A.A. Milne's 1924 book of poetry, When We Were Very Young, Cornelius presents a composition commissioned by Chamber Music America.

Performances of The Coastal Suite are accompanied by a slow slideshow of Ruth Brownlee's paintings, including this one, Midwinter Gale. Courtesy of Ruth Brownlee. hide caption

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Alan Blackman's 'Coastal Suite' On JazzSet

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The pianist loves water and music. Inspired by a trip along the Pacific Northwest, The Coastal Suite spins out as one uninterrupted arc.

Alan Blackman's 'Coastal Suite' On JazzSet

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Helen Sung performs at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. Margot Schulman/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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Helen Sung On JazzSet

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Talent, dedication, a skill at adapting classical dances to jazz formats — these are some of Sung's musical and personal qualities that make her one to watch and listen to.

Helen Sung On JazzSet

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Chris Potter Quartet On JazzSet

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We're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.

Chris Potter Quartet On JazzSet

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Jason Moran and The Bandwagon perform in the KC Jazz Club. Jati Lindsay/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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Jason Moran On JazzSet

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At the KC Jazz Club, Moran sets up two tunes with pre-produced sound montages, including a unique take on "Honeysuckle Rose." Hear Moran's long-running Bandwagon trio play Washington, D.C.

Jason Moran On JazzSet

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