Can't get to one of America's most storied jazz festivals this year? Don't worry: As in recent years, NPR's will bring the Newport Jazz Festival to you with live streams of top acts, such as Wayne Shorter's quartet and Chick Corea's latest band. (Here's the link you'll want to keep handy.) Other boldface names set to appear include Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard and Robert Glasper.
But don't go into the broadcasts cold! Check in with the latest albums by those titans, as well as from other musicians like Steve Coleman, Mary Halvorson and many more. We've got you covered with a primer that runs from the mainstream to the avant-garde (and points in between). See the appended playlist and get hip in time for the throwdown in Newport.