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Madeleine Peyroux: Discreet Charm

After releasing the wildly successful album Careless Love in 2004, this smoky-voiced chanteuse is poised for even greater sales and acclaim with Half the Perfect World, her latest. She talks to David French about growing up in Brooklyn and Paris, cutting her teeth with the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band and, of course, the ever-looming shadow of Lady Day.

Wynton Marsalis: Reflections on New York

Wynton Marsalis came to New York as a teenager to attend Juilliard. In the decades since he’s become the public face of jazz in the city. The renowned trumpeter looks back and shares his reflections with David French.

Big Swing Central: Big Bands in the Big Apple

Despite the challenges of keeping a big band afloat, several groups in New York are thriving. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has been going strong for 40 years while bands such as the Millennial Territory Orchestra present a contemporary sound. David French explores the city’s vibrant big band offerings.