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  • Alan Blackman's 'Coastal Suite' On JazzSet

    The pianist loves water and music. Inspired by a trip along the Pacific Northwest, The Coastal Suite spins out as one uninterrupted arc. JazzSet captures the broadcast premiere at the Ibeam in New York.

  • Matt Ulery's Loom: Tiny Desk Concert

    Chicago bassist Matt Ulery writes beautiful music in an unpretentious way. It's intricate stuff, with interlocking parts and multiple sections, but it comes out sounding folky and simple. His small group, featuring bass clarinet and accordion, has it down pat.

  • Betty Buckley On Piano Jazz

    The Broadway and screen actress known for her Tony-winning role in Cats, among many other major productions, has recorded 15 solo albums with another on the way. Along with musical director Kenny Werner, she joined Marian McPartland in 2007 for a session of standards.

  • Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

    Costello joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi to perform "At Last" and more.

  • A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students

    At 27, bandleader Trombone Shorty is already an icon in his hometown. So he's giving back: Through his own foundation, the "supafunkrock" brass player is nurturing even younger talent in local schools.

  • Ahmad Jamal Weaves Old And New On 'Saturday Morning'

    The jazz pianist uses his new record to recall works of yesteryear and simultaneously illustrate his new sense of direction. Jamal isn't playing the way he did 60 years ago, now that he's finished warming up.

  • A Saxophonist From Santiago Cracks The Stateside Scene

    Growing up in Chile, Melissa Aldana insisted on playing in clubs and transcribed solos like mad ¿ as her father did before her. Now, at 24, she's won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for young musicians, and her youthful dedication is beginning to pay off.

  • Carline Ray On Piano Jazz

    The multi-instrumentalist joins Marian McPartland for Duke Ellington and Gershwin tunes in 1997.

  • Helen Sung On JazzSet

    Talent, dedication, a skill at adapting classical dances to jazz formats ¿ these are some of Sung's musical and personal qualities that make her one to watch and listen to. Hear a set from the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

  • Steady And Swingin': Tootie Keeps The Tempo

    At 78, jazz drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath is still displaying his aptitude for making songs swing while keeping them firmly in time. Critic Tom Moon reviews Tootie's Tempo, Heath's collaboration with two younger jazz players.