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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Since its inception in 1954, the event has survived rainstorms, genre wars and a few near-riots. Producer George Wein says it survives for the same reason jazz does — the musicians love to perform.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · The jazz pianist recovered from a coma in 2008 and was back on stage the next year. He hasn’t slowed down since, and this month brings his latest album, a trio recording called Floating.
 

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July 18, 2014 | NPR · “You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world,” Haden told Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11.
 

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July 15, 2014 | NPR · On an assured debut, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio pivots from jazz’s bygone eras into the hyperlinked modern age and back again.
 

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July 13, 2014 | NPR · The long-defunct Impulse Records is staking its future on pianist Henry Butler. The label relaunches this month, for a second time, with a collaboration between Butler and trumpeter Steven Bernstein.
 

July 11, 2014 | NPR · Polio damaged Haden’s voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, he helped shape the sound of jazz and spanned country and gospel. He died Friday at 76.
 

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July 7, 2014 | NPR · “Maybe black male singers are not supposed to sing about love,” Eckstine said. “You’re supposed to sing about hurt.” Born 100 years ago this week, he ushered in a new era of modern jazz.
 

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July 3, 2014 | NPR · The guitar legend made a rare appearance on Piano Jazz in 1999, bringing with him his trio — Lou Paulo on guitar and Paul Nowinski on bass.
 

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June 21, 2014 | NPR · “You could stop on a street corner and hear Malcolm X,” the vibraphonist says of 1960s New York, where he made his controversial debut as a bandleader. His new Blue Note album is Enjoy The View.
 

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June 20, 2014 | NPR · The pianist shows off her compositional skills when she plays her own tune (“Hope Springs Eternally”), and she joins host Marian McPartland on “Someday My Prince Will Come.”
 

 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Friend shares his love of New Orleans “jass” by playing “Sweet Lorraine” on six-string banjo.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In ’80s and ’90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.
 

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