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The Lush Life Of Billy Strayhorn

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The composer was remarkable not only for his harmonically rich collaborations with Duke Ellington, but for living as an openly gay black man in the 1940s.

The Lush Life Of Billy Strayhorn

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Crate Digging With Christian McBride: The Works Of Cedar Walton

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Christian McBride dives into Jazz at Lincoln Center's vaults for another edition of our Crate Digging series. Hear a set from one of his favorite pianists and composers: Cedar Walton.

Crate Digging With Christian McBride: The Works Of Cedar Walton

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Celebrating Betty Carter

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There's jazz conservatory, and there was "the school of Betty Carter": her band's alumni and the fellow singers bound by her thrall. Vocalist Charenée Wade leads a tribute to her lasting influence.

Celebrating Betty Carter

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Terri Lyne Carrington: Trailblazer, Advocate and NEA Jazz Master

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In her decades behind the drum kit, 2021 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington has become one of jazz's most dynamic musicians. In this episode, we'll hear music that captures her wide-ranging sound.

Terri Lyne Carrington: Trailblazer, Advocate and NEA Jazz Master

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Phil Schaap's 50-Year Career: The Raconteur Raised On Jazz

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We examine the life and legacy of 2021 NEA Jazz Master Phil Schaap with music from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a rare live album produced by Schaap himself at the West End Café in Manhattan.

Phil Schaap's 50-Year Career: The Raconteur Raised On Jazz

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Very Very Henry Threadgill

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The saxophonist and composer has always pushed boundaries. Harlem Stage celebrates his career with a two-day concert retrospective of his various groundbreaking ensembles.

Very Very Henry Threadgill

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Tootie Heath's 80th Birthday

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The great drummer is sounding as good as ever in his ninth decade. Hear from him as he performs at his 80th birthday party, and as he speaks to host Christian McBride off stage.

Tootie Heath At 80

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Myra Melford's Myriad Sounds

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Jazz Night in America profiles multi-dimensional pianist and composer Myra Melford, who takes us on a musical journey across the spectrum, from the avant-garde to the blues.

Myra Melford's Myriad Sounds

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Pianist Helen Sung: From Classical Outsider To The Jazz Inner Circle

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Sung reflects on how, as a young classical pianist, she stuck to her jazz dreams. More recently, she's translated her emotions on social justice into a thematic composition for her quartet.

Pianist Helen Sung: From Classical Outsider To The Jazz Inner Circle

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Chick Corea: Back In Boston

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The legendary pianist has lived many lives as a musician, from post-bop wunderkind to free-jazz maverick to fusion explorer to chamber-jazz eminence.

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A Fine Romance: Jazz & Valentine's Day

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with classic songs of love from a 2018 Jazz at Lincoln Center concert, featuring vocalists Brianna Thomas, Vuyo Sotashe and an all-star big band.

A Fine Romance: Jazz & Valentine's Day

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Lost (And Found) In Yonkers: The Billy Lester Story

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Jazz Night shines a light on the reclusive 74-year-old pianist Billy Lester. Lester has spent his whole life in Yonkers, N.Y. We hear his story and listen back to a trio set recorded in 2019.

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The Golden Age: A Newport Jazz Festival Special

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Hear an unforgettable lineup of music from the Newport Jazz Festival, hand-picked by Christian McBride. Check out rare sets from the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet, Dave Brubeck and Horace Silver.

The Golden Age: A Newport Jazz Festival Special

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The Modern All-Stars: A Newport Jazz Festival Special

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Hear a power hour of all-stars with some of the best sets to come out of the modern era of the Newport Jazz Festival, featuring Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Cécile McLorin Salvant and more.

The Modern All-Stars: A Newport Jazz Festival Special

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The Stars Shine: A Newport Jazz Festival Special

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Hear historic music from the Newport Jazz Festival, hand-picked by Christian McBride. Tune in to rare sets from Ray Charles, Cannonball Adderley, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

The Stars Shine: A Newport Jazz Festival Special

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Jazz Night In America's 2020 In Memoriam program includes Jimmy Heath, Lee Konitz, CÃ ndido Camero, Tony Allen, Annie Ross, Freddy Cole, Gary Peacock, Henry Grimes, Wallace Roney and McCoy Tyner. Bernard Benant, Jonathan Chimene/WBGO, David Kaufman, Tom Pich hide caption

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In Memoriam: 10 Jazz Artists We Lost In 2020

We remember luminaries we lost this year in our In Memoriam program: Jimmy Heath; Lee Konitz; Càndido; Tony Allen; Annie Ross; Freddy Cole; Gary Peacock; Henry Grimes; Wallace Roney; and McCoy Tyner.

In Memoriam: Jazz Night Radio Remembers 10 Musicians Who Altered The Shape Of Jazz

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Saxophonist Sherman Irby preforms winter classics like "Let It Snow" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" for the Jazz Night In America holiday special. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Ring In The Holiday Season With Sherman Irby

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Sherman Irby, saxophonist in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, brings a fresh take to holiday favorites with his quintet. Christian McBride hosts.

Ring In The Holiday Season With Sherman Irby

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Crate Digging With Christian McBride: Joe Zawinul And 50 Years Of Weather Report

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Hear an electric fusion set from keyboardist Joe Zawinul and The Zawinul Syndicate in concert from 2006. We also celebrate 50 years of Weather Report with co-founder Wayne Shorter and other alumni.

Crate Digging With Christian McBride: Joe Zawinul And 50 Years Of Weather Report

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Crate Digging With Christian McBride: The History Of Latin Bass

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Hear the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2006, with four virtuoso bassists: Rubén Rodríguez, Charnett Moffett, the late Andy González, and the mighty Cachao, two years before his death.

Crate Digging With Christian McBride: The History Of Latin Bass

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Swinging The Clouds Away: Jazz Takes Over Sesame Street

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On this show, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis invite the Sesame Street gang onstage. Plus, trombonist Joe Fielder's Open Sesame share rare songs from the Sesame songbook.

Swinging The Clouds Away: Jazz Takes Over Sesame Street

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Meet the NEA Jazz Masters, Class of 2020

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Jazz Night in America honors jazz masters Reggie Workman, Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell and Dorthaan Kirk.

Meet the NEA Jazz Masters, Class of 2020

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Bird Lives! A Charlie Parker Centennial, With Strings Attached

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Charlie Parker with Strings was the most commercially successful project of his all-too-brief career. We'll examine the backstory and hear rare selections from the collaboration.

Bird Lives! A Charlie Parker Centennial, With Strings Attached

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