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Charlie Christian was a forerunner in establishing the musical language of bebop. Greg Murray hide caption

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Jeff Beck performs at Les Paul's 95th-birthday party at Iridium Jazz Club on June 9, 2010, in New York City.

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Les Paul performs live at the Winter Garden on May 27, 1992. David Corio/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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