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Gig Alert: Jeremy Pelt

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The workhorse trumpeter plays at 55 Bar tonight. Listen to "Harlem Thoroughfare."

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George Shearing's Holiday Set On Piano Jazz

Friday, December 19, 2014

In a 2001 session, Shearing and host Marian McPartland reminisce about seasons gone by and play holiday songs, including "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Away In A Manger."

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An Upset Either Way: Steve Lehman And Wadada Leo Smith Triumph

Friday, December 19, 2014

Could anyone have predicted the first and second place finishers in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll? The poll master certainly didn't — and he voted for both of them.

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The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Friday, December 19, 2014

We had 140 jazz journalists weigh in on their favorite releases of the year. Here are their top overall picks, with top finishers in Latin jazz, vocal, debut and historical categories.

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Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

As New York prepares for its January music marathon, watch performances from last year, including Gretchen Parlato, Donald Harrison, Rudy Royston, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

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In Memory Of 2014: Jazz Night Looks Back

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This year marked the passing of legends like Charlie Haden, Horace Silver and Gerald Wilson. Hear their great live performances from the vault, and highlights remembrances from loved ones.

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The Jonathan Channel

Jonathan's Choice: Tierney Sutton

Saturday, December 13, 2014

It's no secret that we're fans of jazz vocalist, Tierney Sutton. Earlier this year, Sutton performed at NJPAC and Jonathan Schwartz joined her for an evening of music and conversation.

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Anthony Strong On 'Song Travels'

Friday, December 12, 2014

With host Michael Feinstein, Strong offers a fresh take on the Great American Songbook, with musical selections that include "Lady Be Good" and "Steppin' Out With My Baby."

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Mel Torme On Piano Jazz

Friday, December 12, 2014

In this session from 1992, Torme performs his own songs, "Stranger In Town" and "Born to Be Blue," as well as favorites such as "Dream Dancing" and "Time After Time" with Marian McPartland.

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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The 25th anniversary of the holiday special brings together keyboard players of all stripes. Harold Mabern, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and Cyrus Chestnut play seasonal favorites for solo piano.

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Ellis Marsalis At 80

Thursday, December 11, 2014

As an influential educator and pianist, Marsalis is a father figure to more than his famous sons. Jazz Night In America visits him as he performs on a big birthday.

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Eighty Years Of Master Educator Ellis Marsalis

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The best-known father figure in jazz has famous musical sons. But the Marsalis clan is even more extensive, as you can see when students reflect on his influence.

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Ellis Marsalis' 80th Birthday Concert

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A pianist who brought bebop to New Orleans and an educator to generations of music students, the elder Marsalis has become a father figure of modern jazz to more than just his famous sons.

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Liz Story On Piano Jazz

Friday, December 05, 2014

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1993, Story plays "My Foolish Heart," and she and host Marian McPartland get together to perform "All The Things You Are."

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Johnny O'Neal: Listen, Closely

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Mezzrow is New York City's newest listening room: an intimate club for solo and duo shows. It's a bit of a throwback, as is its Monday night act: virtuoso pianist, singer and salon host Johnny O'Neal.

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Gig Alert: A Deeper "Kind Of Blue"

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The National Jazz Museum In Harlem takes a closer listen to Miles Davis' masterpiece tonight. Listen to "Freddie Freeloader."

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All Things Considered

At 86, A 'Jazz Child' Looks Back On A Life Of Sunshine, Sorrow

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Singer Sheila Jordan, who leaped to fame in George Russell's version of "You Are My Sunshine," recalls her dirt-poor childhood and the thrill of hearing Charlie Parker play through a club's back door.

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Gig Alert: Banda Magda

Friday, November 28, 2014

Musical polyglots play a late show at Blue Note tomorrow night. Listen to "Yerakina." 

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Harry Connick Jr. On Piano Jazz

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In this session from 1991, Connick sings and plays "They Didn't Believe Me" and joins host Marian McPartland for "Stompin' at the Savoy."

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All Things Considered

After Sandy Hook, A Saxophonist Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jimmy Greene's new album is dedicated to his daughter, one of the 20 children killed in the elementary school shooting. "She showed love," he says, "to everybody she came in contact with."

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