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Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984. Raph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Studio Sessions

Piano Jazz Presents: The Music Of Marian McPartland

Celebrate the host and composer with a set of select performances by McPartland and her guests.

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Tadd Dameron composed a body of work that helped define and expand the parameters of bebop. William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr hide caption

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