Geri Allen watches as Taylor Eigsti, Jason Moran and Ellis Marsalis, from left, perform in a round robin at A Jazz Piano Christmas 2012. Brendan Hoffman for NPR hide caption

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The 2011 NEA Jazz Masters. Top row (L-R, from second left): Delfeayo Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Marsalis. Bottom row (L-R): Hubert Laws, Orrin Keepnews, Johnny Mandel, David Liebman. Also pictured are NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman (top row, left), NEA Director of Music and Opera Wayne Brown (top row, right), and Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Adrian Ellis (bottom row, right). Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center/NEA hide caption

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