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James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February. Ingrid Hertfelder/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Donny Hathaway remains widely admired in jazz, but much of his repertoire has yet to be tapped by improvisers. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Lionel Loueke (left) and Miguel Zenon (right) join Jeff Ballard in the drummer's rhythm-oriented trio. Andrea Boccalini/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording. Chris Ware/Getty Images hide caption

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Keyboardist and producer Bob James' 1970s work helped to establish the sound of smooth jazz — and lives on in hip-hop samples galore. Courtesy of the artist 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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Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music. Peter Dean Rickards/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Louis Armstrong spoke out against the federal government regarding racial issues, but happily played the National Anthem at Newport in 1960. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Jimmy Hamilton (left) and Harry Carney were among the reedmen who played clarinet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. William Gottlieb/The Library of Congress hide caption

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Turkish-German vocalist Esra Dalfidan sings in several languages with her band FIDAN. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Symphony Sid Torin (left) hosts a program at WHOM featuring the saxophonist Arnett Cobb. William Gottlieb/The Library of Congress hide caption

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The pianist and saxophonist Kyle Shepherd is one of Cape Town's most highly tipped musicians. freelenz/Flickr hide caption

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Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947. William Gottlieb/The Library of Congress hide caption

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