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This Saturday, April 30, marks the fifth anniversary of International Jazz Day, a celebration organized by UNESCO to celebrate jazz across the globe. To do our part, we're highlighting some of our favorite jazz musicians to play behind Bob Boilen's desk. Rising stars, young virtuosos, NEA Jazz Masters and veteran ensembles alike have played in NPR's D.C. offices. Here are five standout jazz performances at the Tiny Desk.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The song "Shine" sounds like classic Ben Harper, and there's a good reason why: The Innocent Criminals. The group started out as Harper's backing band in 1993 and reunited, after an eight-year break, to record his latest album, Call It What It Is. Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals' live performance in our studio demonstrates how dynamic the band's presence remains.

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  • "Shine"

If you were to break apart the ingredients that form the Shreveport, La., band Seratones, many would seem obvious: Singer AJ Haynes got her start training her unamplified voice to hit the rafters of a Baptist church, while other members listened to blues and classic rock. That mix of sounds is all over Get Gone, the group's first album.

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DMA's On World Cafe

Apr 27, 2016

Tommy O'Dell, Johnny Took and Matt Mason, who make up the Australian trio DMA's, were on World Cafe in 2015 when they released their self-titled EP. Now, just a year later, they've released their first full-length, a guitar-driven garage-pop record called Hills End. Hear DMA's perform four songs from the album in this special mini-concert for World Cafe.

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the drummer and leader of The Tonight Show's house band The Roots, says he's obsessed with the creative process. His new book, somethingtofoodabout, is a collection of his interviews with chefs about how art and creativity apply to their preparation and presentation of food.

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