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Take Five: By Theme

Oct 20, 2011 — The jazz producer put artists like Ella Fitzgerald into concert halls while striking a blow for civil rights.
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Feb 9, 2011 — When George Gershwin wrote "I Got Rhythm" for the 1930s musical Girl Crazy, he created one of the most catchy melodies in American history. But little did he know that his lovable song — apart from becoming a hugely popular jazz standard — would evolve into something far greater.
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May 17, 2011 — Hear five jazz songs that express Western themes of space, freedom, pioneers and movement.
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Nov 15, 2012 — As the Chicago-based independent record label celebrates 20 years, it continues to support sounds uncommon to its indie-rock peers. Drawing from an inclusive underground music community in the Windy City, here are five examples of the label's creative and improvised releases.
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Nov 1, 2012 — For better or worse, jazz has been in a constant state of change since the day it was born. Hear from five contemporary bands which are forging new boundaries from an open-ended tradition, including Christian Scott, Kneebody and Henry Cole's Afrobeat Collective.
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Aug 2, 2012 — Festival organizers also know that they present a music whose creators get better and wiser with age. Surely enough, this year's lineup recognizes the continuing creativity of bandleaders like Jack DeJohnette, Dianne Reeves and Pat Metheny.
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Jul 27, 2012 — Here are five bands, all debuting at Newport, who represent new generations of jazz expression.
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Sep 27, 2011 — The banning of alcohol and the subsequent rise of speakeasies played a role in jazz's evolution.
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Sep 1, 2011 — The controversial Gershwin opera has long been an inspiration to jazz musicians. Hear five songs.
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Aug 10, 2011 — Hear five versions of the popular W.C. Handy song, performed by five of America's top jazz artists.
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