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For years public radio has been home for diverse music in America.  We all have that one song, one band, one moment that transports us to another time or place.  Public radio has always taken creative risks by giving voice to new and emerging artists.  And it has long been the champion of America's cultural heritage - Jazz.

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This week, we venture down to midtown Manhattan to the place known as "The Jazz Corner Of The World." A jazz club that has hosted the best of the best since it opened in 1949.  Come join me as we explore the wonderful world of Birdland.

From the birthdays of Jimmy Cobb, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Benny Golson to a historic recording from Lady Day as well as a significant 1965 recording from the Miles Davis quintet, this episode of Jazz Journeys takes you on an excursion through some of the people and events that shaped this week in jazz history.

Over the years, there have been a number of motion pictures that have used jazz as either a main or underlying theme.  On this week's episode of Jazz Journeys, I'll touch on two such examples.

The jazz world lost a number of legendary musicians in 2013.  In this episode of Jazz Journeys, we remember a few who left an indelible mark on their craft.

On this holiday edition of Jazz Journeys, I dip into our bag of jazz goodies and introduce you to 5 Christmas songs that you might not be all that familiar with plus one extra bonus surprise at the end.  Take a listen and best wishes for the holiday season and New Year ahead.

On this week's episode, I'll discuss my breakout jazz star for 2013.

Also, we touch on some notable December birthdays, remember the last recordings of Bennie Moten's band  and also celebrate the centennial birthday for a legendary composer and lyricist.

This week on the debut episode of Jazz Journeys, I will discuss the newest release from saxophonist Houston Person as well as vocalist Rene Marie's tribute to the late Eartha Kitt.

Also...we remember former South African President Nelson Mandela with some music from his countryman Hugh Masekela.

The Legends of Jazz concert series is bringing Grammy-nominated singer Gregory Porter to Onondaga Community College this Friday. Porter is currently touring in support of his latest album “Liquid Spirit.”

I had the pleasure of chatting recently with 4 time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves and we concluded our interview with 10 questions that allow people to learn some new things about this incredible artist.  This edition of Take Ten began when I asked Dianne about the very first record she remembered listening to.  Enjoy!

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.

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