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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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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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Inspired By Injustice, Wynton Marsalis Reflects On His Music

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Host Christian McBride and trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis reflect on Marsalis' studio recordings that address injustices and speak about the role music plays in speaking truth to power.

Inspired By Injustice, Wynton Marsalis Reflects On His Music

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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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The Evolution Of Jon Batiste

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Jon Batiste was born for show business. Hear him play an intimate set in New York and on our radio show as we trace his story to his current gig as band leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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Jazz And Art Take Center Stage To Form 'Portraits Of America'

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Let's go to the museum with our ears. Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis explain their work inspired by the collection at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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'Smile' With A Performance By Pianist Monty Alexander And Bassist Ray Brown

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Hear a concert with pianist Monty Alexander and bassist Ray Brown from 2000. Host Christian McBride picks his favorite songs from the gig that puts both musicians' joy and camaraderie on full display.

Jazz Night in American - Monty Alexander and Ray Brown

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Stefon Harris: A Generation's Preeminent Voice Of The Vibraphone

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Vibraphonist Stefon Harris gives us a lesson in empathy on and off the bandstand with his band Blackout.

Stefon Harris: A Generation's Preeminent Voice Of The Vibraphone

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Hear The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Perform Live At Jazz At Lincoln Center

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Hear highlights from a show with the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour featuring Christian Sands, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Yasushi Nakamura and Jamison Ross.

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Oscar-Nominated Terence Blanchard On 30 Years Of Jazz And Film Scoring For Spike Lee

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Trumpeter Terence Blanchard has career spanning three decades in both jazz and film scoring. We dive into his work with Spike Lee, his E-Collective band and a new commission.

Oscar-Nominated Terence Blanchard On 30 Years Of Jazz And Film Scoring For Spike Lee

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Makaya McCraven: The Brain Behind The Mind-Bending Beats

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Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven creates beat-driven jazz with post-production wizardry.

Makaya McCraven: The Brain Behind The Mind-Bending Beats

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Women To Watch: 3 Young Jazz Artists You Need To Know

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Alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, tenor saxophonist María Grand and vocalist and flutist Melanie Charles each talk about their artistic process.

Women To Watch: 3 Young Jazz Artists You Need To Know

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Jazz Vocalist René Marie Is Determined To Craft Songs With Moral Conscience

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Jazz Night in America features music from vocalist and songwriter René Marie. We'll hear the stories behind her songs and how she helps people feel more vulnerable and less afraid.

Jazz Vocalist René Marie Is Determined To Craft Songs With Moral Conscience

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Camille Thurman Finds Her Voice On A Journey To Jazz At Lincoln Center

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We explore the jazz roots of saxophonist and vocalist Camille Thurman's home borough of Queens and hear her play with both the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and with her band.

Camille Thurman Finds Her Voice On A Journey To Jazz At Lincoln Center

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Baltimore Rebirth: A New Bloom Of Jazz In Charm City

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We bring you the glory, the decline and the renewal of jazz in Baltimore with trumpeter Sean Jones, NEA Jazz Master Todd Barkan and The Baltimore Jazz Collective.

Baltimore Rebirth: A New Bloom Of Jazz In Charm City

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Electric Miles: Behind The 'Brew'

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We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis going electric for Bitches Brew — part controversial, part revolutionary and as a whole, historic.

Electric Miles: Behind The 'Brew'

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'Jazz Night In America' Remembers Artists We Lost In 2019

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We are showing our deep appreciation for some of the greats who left us in 2019: Dr. John, Joseph Jarman, Ethel Ennis, Larry Willis, Ray Santos and Harold Mabern.

'Jazz Night In America' Remembers Artists We Lost In 2019

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The South African Songbook: Jazz Musicians Who Stayed During Apartheid

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We celebrate 25 Years of democracy in South Africa by focusing on the trailblazers that stayed during the brutal era of apartheid, featuring Herbie Tsoaeli and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

The South African Songbook: Jazz Musicians Who Stayed During Apartheid

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Jazz Night In America: A Holiday Celebration

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To ring in the season, Jazz Night in America brings you Big Band Holidays, a concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Jazz Night In America: A Holiday Celebration

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A Mambo Expedition In The Valley Of The Sun

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Jazz Night stops by the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Hear a recap of a tour — the museum hosts more than 370 exhibits — and a performance by mambo big band Orquesta Akokán.

A Mambo Expedition In The Valley Of The Sun

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Take Three: Three Different Styles of Jazz Vocalists

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Jazz Night in America offers a three-artist sampler of vocalists. Get introduced to the gospel roots of Quiana Lynell, the salsa stylings of Jeremy Bosch and the harmonizing trio Duchess.

Take Three: Three Different Styles of Jazz Vocalists

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Andy Bey At 80: A Love Letter To A Jazz Legend

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We revisit pianist, singer and composer Andy Bey throughout his life: growing up in Newark, N.J., working with Horace Silver, performing during his 1990s renaissance and now, looking back at 80.

Andy Bey At 80: A Love Letter To A Jazz Legend

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