Geof Bradfield's suite traces Melba Liston's (pictured) life story through her work with Dizzy Gillespie and Randy Weston. Courtesy of Institute Of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University hide caption

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Melba Liston performs on Art Ford's Jazz Party, a television program broadcast from Newark, N.J., in 1958. Nancy Miller-Elliott/Courtesy of the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University hide caption

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