Duke Ellington composed "Afrique" as part of The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse, a suite informed by his numerous world tours. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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06Afrique (Take 3, Vocal)

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Guest DJ Jessye Norman: From Augusta To Valhalla

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Karen Marie Richardson (right) plays the title role in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Queenie Pie, the jazz opera Duke Ellington left unfinished when he died in 1974. Bryan Frank/Long Beach Opera hide caption

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Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

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Duke Ellington signs his biography in London in 1958, with Billy Strayhorn in the background. Ellington and Strayhorn collaborated to create 1960's The Nutcracker Suite. Reg Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas

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Duke Ellington, looking dapper in 1958. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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When Duke Flirted With The Queen

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Hear JoAnn Falletta's Discussion With Robert Siegel

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Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the piano at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon, during a British tour on Feb. 10, 1963. John Pratt/Getty Images hide caption

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'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

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Duke Ellington rehearses for a 1973 concert in London's Westminster Abbey. Central Press/Getty Images 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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A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

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T-Bone Burnett On 10 Years Of 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'

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Soprano Jessye Norman's new CD, Roots: My Life, My Song was recorded in front of a live audience in Berlin. It features her take on jazz and gospel standards. hide caption

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Jessye Norman: Back To Her 'Roots'

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