Paul Sikivie

Airs Thursday, May 14, at 8 p.m. People who love jazz singing seem to always be hoping to discover the next Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald. Until very recently, the only contemporary jazz singer who came close to matching these three giants is the extraordinary Dianne Reeves, that is, until the emergence of Cecile McLorin Salvant. At age 24, this astoundingly gifted singer has perfect pitch and enunciation, a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, and a supple sense of swing.

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Airs Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m. Drummer Matt Wilson is one of the friendliest guys in jazz, and his music, even at its most complex, reflects that: It's unpretentious and full of easygoing swing. He brought the latest edition of his working band, the Matt Wilson Quartet, to the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I., along with a set of new arrangements for string quartet and guest vocalist.

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