Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon's most recent book, The Polish Boxer, mesmerized us. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dave Brubeck at Newport. Wiqan Ang for NPR hide caption

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Dave Brubeck Quartet On JazzSet

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Brubeck swung the door open to a new world of free-flowing, where-is-this-going music. JazzSet remembers him with a set from the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival.

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In a 1999 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Dave Brubeck talked about his decades in the music industry and his first love: rodeo roping. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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