Christian McBride in rehearsal at the Kennedy Center. Jeffrey Kliman/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center. hide caption

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In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation. Carol Friedman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ella Fitzgerald performs with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band in 1947. That's Gillespie to her right, in complete awe. William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr hide caption

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Geri Allen (left) and Esperanza Spalding perform together at the Mary Lou Williams Festival in 2010. Margot Schulman/ hide caption

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In prior recordings, Dee Dee Bridgewater has paid homage to Horace Silver, Ella Fitzgerald and Kurt Weill. Mark Higashino hide caption

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Bennie Maupin performs at the 2009 Detroit Jazz Festival. David Tallacksen hide caption

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