Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs his Abyssinian Mass in 2008. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Louis Armstrong Continuum on stage. Co-leader Vince Giordano is on tuba in the back row. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy. Victor Drees//Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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The clock strikes midnight with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket. Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich/Photos: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr, iStock. 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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