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Jazz Giants Take The Stage At The NEA Jazz Masters Listening Party

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Jason Moran sat down with the NEA Jazz Masters to talk about their careers and listen to music that played important roles in their lives.

Jazz Giants Take The Stage At The NEA Jazz Masters Listening Party

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Nathaniel Cross on trombone, Binker Golding on tenor saxophone, Moses Boyd on drums and Theon Cross on tuba perform at SXSW in March 2017. Nicole Fara Silver/Courtesy of Jazz Standard hide caption

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Get To Know London's Thriving Jazz Scene (By Way Of Austin, Texas)

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Players like Moses Boyd, Shabaka Hutchings and Sarathy Korwar drive London's jazz scene forward with sounds from around the world. In March, SXSW hosted all three for an up-to-the minute dispatch.

Get To Know London's Thriving Jazz Scene (By Way Of Austin, Texas)

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Marilyn Maye: The Queen Of Cabaret

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The 88-year-old singer and actress is a living legend. She's performed with artists like Count Basie and Charlie Parker, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson an unprecedented 76 times.

Marilyn Maye: The Queen Of Cabaret

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Still Dreaming: Joshua Redman's Tribute To A Tribute

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The saxophonist opens up about the legacy of his father, Dewey Redman, and performs with Still Dreaming — his own nod to the quartet his dad once helped convene as an homage to Ornette Coleman.

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Jazzmeia Horn Enters The Jazz-Vocal Pantheon

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A singer of ironclad capability, creative drive and irrepressible panache, she has emerged as the breakout new talent in a formidable jazz-vocal tradition.

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Jane Bunnett And Maqueque: The New Queens of Afro-Cuban Jazz

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Canadian saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett has dedicated her life to Cuban music. Her latest project is Maqueque, an all-female band of young Cuban artists blending folkloric grooves and jazz.

Jane Bunnett And Maqueque: The New Queens of Afro-Cuban Jazz

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Marian McPartland: A Centennial Celebration

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No jazz musician has ever been heard more on public radio than the late Marian McPartland. But for all her ubiquity, how well did we really know her?

Marian McPartland: A Centennial Celebration

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Fearless And Free

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In words as well as music, hear how seriously Bridgewater takes her role as a music mentor and how it connects to her own experience in the jazz lineage.

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Fearless And Free

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Lizz Wright: Finding Grace In The South

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Vocalist Lizz Wright takes us on a road trip tracing her Southern roots in her home state of Georgia — and we hear a performance from a concert recorded in Atlanta at the Variety Playhouse.

Lizz Wright: Finding Grace In The South

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Fred Hersch And The Art Of Introspection

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We join the pianist at his loft in SoHo to talk about his upbringing in Cincinnati, late-night gigs in New York, his recovery from a coma in 2008, and his adaptation of Walt Whitman's poetry.

Fred Hersch And The Art Of Introspection

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Wayne Shorter: Artist In Residence At The Detroit Jazz Festival

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This episode focuses on a highlight of the saxophonist's banner year: the time he spent as artist in residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

Wayne Shorter: Artist In Residence At The Detroit Jazz Festival

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Radical Imagination: Jazz And Social Justice

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The Transformations Suite is Samora Pinderhughes' ambitious new work combining music, words and visuals — inspired by African-American resistance and protest movements.

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Muldrow Meets Mingus

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Vocalist and producer Georgia Anne Muldrow's interpretive tribute to Charles Mingus aligns with the Afrocentric current that flows through underground hip-hop, avant-R&B and psychedelic soul.

Muldrow Meets Mingus

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'Jazz Night In America' Remembers Artists We Lost In 2017

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Friends of our program honor a handful of departed artists, celebrating their lives in an episode filled with insight, humor and plenty of music.

'Jazz Night In America' Remembers Artists We Lost In 2017

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2017 NEA Jazz Masters Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (not pictured: Ira Gitler) at the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Dinner, sponsored by BMI, on April 2, 2017. Yassine El Mansouri/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words

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Hear how the artists honored by the NEA this year — Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman and Ira Gitler — earned their stripes and paid their jazz dues.

The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words

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The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Swings In The Holidays

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No stories, no interviews — just good jazz. Listen as Wynton Marsalis leads the orchestra through new arrangements of holiday classics.

The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Swings In The Holidays

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In 'Real Enemies,' Darcy James Argue Confronts A Post-Truth World

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The Secret Society bandleader says his latest composition explores "the present-day folklore that we call conspiracy theories" — no tinfoil hat required.

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Jimmy Greene Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

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The saxophonist's 2014 album was dedicated to the memory of his 6-year-old daughter, killed in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Hear his quartet perform the genre-spanning music in concert.

Jimmy Greene's 'Beautiful Life'

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How Grover Washington Jr. Defined And Transcended 'Smooth Jazz'

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In this radio episode, Jazz Night in America takes you to a tribute concert honoring the late musician, whose soulful sound was more than just "smooth."

How Grover Washington Jr. Defined And Transcended 'Smooth Jazz'

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Louis Hayes Celebrates His 80th Birthday In A Packed Jazz Club

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Jazz Night in America takes you to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, where the hard-bop drummer celebrated his debut as a band leader and talked about fond memories and favorite sessions.

Louis Hayes Celebrates His 80th Birthday In A Packed Jazz Club

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