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Roy Eldridge: The ‘Little Jazz’ Centennial

The trumpeter’s legendary sound and bravado dwarfed his 5’6″ frame. Known as “Little Jazz,” and later just “Jazz,” his nicknames befit his devotion (five decades) to the art form. Celebrate his centennial with five of his fieriest early performances.


BBQ: The Brubeck Brothers On JazzSet

It’s a sunny day at the Detroit Jazz Festival, where the theme is Families in Jazz. So it’s only natural that Chris and Dan Brubeck are on hand with BBQ: the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

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Jonathan Batiste On Piano Jazz

Exciting young pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste hails from the cradle of jazz, New Orleans. He joins guest host Jon Weber for a set spanning traditional tunes, some Monk-inspired stride and his original compositions.

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Turning The Tables On The Music Critic: A Conversation With Tom Moon

Regular NPR listeners know Tom Moon as a music reviewer on All Things Considered. But most people don’t know that Tom Moon is also a saxophonist. On the occasion of his new recording, he explains what it’s like from the other side of the bandstand.

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What’s It Like To Tour With Legendary Pianist McCoy Tyner?

The singer Jose James (a really good singer, by the way) now knows. He was recently called up to play the Johnny Hartman role in a Tyner-led tribute program to the immortal John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman album. And he wrote about it.