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Late Art: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers In The 1980s

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In the last decade of his life Art Blakey continued to mentor new talent in his Jazz Messengers group, helping to elevate musicians such as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, and Mulgrew Miller.

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Our Delight: The Music Of Tadd Dameron

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Exploring the life and compositions of "the architect of bop."

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Burning With Bud: Bud Powell Live 1944-1953

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The great bebop pianist on the radio and in concert with Cootie Williams, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and as the leader of his own trio.

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The David Baker Songbook

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David Baker, one of the world's most renowned jazz educators, passed away March 26. In this archived show he joined us for a look at his compositional legacy.

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Jazz From Storyville

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Throughout the 1950s jazz promoter George Wein ran a Boston nightclub that showcased some of the music’s most notable performers.

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A Few Miles From Memphis: Harold Mabern, The Early Years

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He came from Memphis—a pianist who quietly built a reputation over decades as a first-class soloist, accompanist, and writer, carrying musically impeccable credentials from the golden age of hardbop.

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Made In Detroit: Jazz From The Motor City, Part 1

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It’s a city known for the automobile industry and the soul-pop legacy of Motown Records, but Detroit is also a great jazz capital.

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Goin' Up: Space Age Jazz

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In the 1950s and 60s the race for space loomed large in the cultural imagination, and jazz artists such as Duke Ellington and Sun Ra picked up on the theme.

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Jazz In The Postwar French Cinema

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French culture in the postwar years was strongly influenced by both jazz and the growing American genre of film noir.

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"No Time Like Now": Music And Conversation With Vibraphonist Dick Sisto

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"Serious jazz musicians are into their music like it's a religion," says Sisto.

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Jazz Mission Possible: Lalo Schifrin's Early Years

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Lalo Schifrin is best known for his “Mission: Impossible” theme and numerous other film scores, but the pianist and composer first emerged from mid-20th century Argentina as a jazz artist, working with Dizzy Gillespie and recording under his own name as well.

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1968, Riot: The Year In Jazz

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As the 1960s neared to a close, the jazz world continued to absorb the cultural upheavals of a volatile decade.

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Jazz Of All Trades: The Eclectic Andre Previn

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Jazzing Broadway songs, scoring movies, conducting classical music: Andre Previn could do it all before he'd even turned 30.

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A Day For Doris Day

Doris Day in 1946 at New York City’s Aquarium nightclub.

A tribute to Doris Day

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Lennie Tristano: The Jazz Guru

Doris Day in 1946 at New York City’s Aquarium nightclub.

Pianist Lennie Tristano was a singular and charismatic modernist and mentor whose methods helped point the way for the rise of jazz education.

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Playing Changes: Music And Conversation With Jazz Writer Nate Chinen

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Jazz critic Nate Chinen talks about his recent book "Playing Changes: Jazz For The New Century," and we hear music from some of the artists discussed as well.

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