Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program Every week, hear great performances from around the country — and the stories behind them.
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Louis Hayes Celebrates His 80th Birthday In A Packed Jazz Club

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Jazz Night in America takes you to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, where the hard-bop drummer celebrated his debut as a band leader and talked about fond memories and favorite sessions.

Louis Hayes Celebrates His 80th Birthday In A Packed Jazz Club

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Cyrille Aimée and Daymé Arocena Perform At 2017 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

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The vocalists brought '30s gypsy swing and modern Afro-Cuban influences to their 2017 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest performances.

Cyrille Aimée And Daymé Arocena Make Jazz Their Own

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The Lush Life Of Billy Strayhorn

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The composer was remarkable not only for his harmonically rich collaborations with Duke Ellington, but for living as an openly gay black man in the 1940s.

The Lush Life Of Billy Strayhorn

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Aww Yeah, Summertime — With The Robert Glasper Experiment

This special summer festival episode features a clever synthesis of hip-hop, R&B and soul, recorded live across two music festivals in New York City.

Aww Yeah, Summertime — With The Robert Glasper Experiment

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The Ray Charles Songbook

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Trumpeter Kenny Rampton launched his career on the road with the great performer. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, he presents Ray's music in the most authentic way he can.

The Ray Charles Songbook

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Oliver Jones: A Canadian Jazz Legend Heads Home

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Oliver Jones may be the most famous living jazz pianist you've never heard of. But in Canada, Oliver Jones is a champion for jazz — adored in his native Quebec and across the country.

Oliver Jones: A Canadian Jazz Legend Heads Home

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Joshua Redman on saxophone, Scott Colley on bass, Brian Blade on drums and Ron Miles on cornet perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Lawrence Sumulong/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Still Dreaming: Joshua Redman's Tribute To A Tribute

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The saxophonist opens up about the legacy of his father, Dewey Redman, and performs with Still Dreaming — his own nod to the quartet his dad once helped convene as an homage to Ornette Coleman.

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The Eminence Of J.J. Johnson, And His Partnership With Kai Winding

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Among J.J. Johnson's greatest recordings pair him with fellow trombonist Kai Winding. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, Vincent Gardner takes on the music of his instrument's bebop pioneer.

The Eminence Of J.J. Johnson, And His Partnership With Kai Winding

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Buster Williams: The Low End Maestro

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The low end has always been terra firma for Williams, one of the all-time great bassists in modern jazz. Hear highlights of a recent set with his post-bop ensemble, Something More.

Buster Williams: The Low End Maestro

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Nathaniel Cross on trombone, Binker Golding on tenor saxophone, Moses Boyd on drums and Theon Cross on tuba perform at SXSW in March 2017. Nicole Fara Silver/Courtesy of Jazz Standard hide caption

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Get To Know London's Thriving Jazz Scene (By Way Of Austin, Texas)

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Players like Moses Boyd, Shabaka Hutchings and Sarathy Korwar drive London's jazz scene forward with sounds from around the world. In March, SXSW hosted all three for an up-to-the minute dispatch.

Get To Know London's Thriving Jazz Scene (By Way Of Austin, Texas)

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Fearless And Free

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In words as well as music, hear how seriously Bridgewater takes her role as a music mentor and how it connects to her own experience in the jazz lineage.

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Fearless And Free

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2017 NEA Jazz Masters Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (not pictured: Ira Gitler) at the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Dinner, sponsored by BMI, on April 2, 2017. Yassine El Mansouri/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words

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Hear how the artists honored by the NEA this year — Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman and Ira Gitler — earned their stripes and paid their jazz dues.

The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words

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Arturo O'Farrill Continues The Conversation With Cuba

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An economic blockade between the U.S. and Cuba didn't prevent jazz from traveling between the countries. But what if the dialogue could flow freely? The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra wanted to find out.

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Randy Weston At 90

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The eminent pianist was the guest of honor at this year's Panama Jazz Festival. His quintet performs, and host Christian McBride speaks with the great musician.

Randy Weston At 90

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