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Evidently, pianist Kris Bowers' bookshelf includes James Baldwin's uncollected writings and Robin Kelley's biography of Thelonious Monk. Janette Beckman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964. Chuck Stewart/Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hide caption

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Clockwise from top left: Anthony Braxton, Keith Jarrett, Richard Davis, Jamey Aebersold. Carolyn Wachnicki/Rose Anne Colavito/Ken Halfmann/John Nation/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kenny Clarke performs at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968. He spent the second half of his career in Europe. JazzSign/Lebrecht Music & Arts/Corbis hide caption

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The late documentary filmmaker Jean Bach stands next to an enlarged 1958 photograph of many jazz musicians titled "A Great Day in Harlem." Her documentary about the photo shoot was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995. Thomas Monaster/New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Sathima Bea Benjamin in 1974. Ian Bruce Huntley/Courtesy of Matsuli Music hide caption

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Steve Berrios performs with the Fort Apache Band in New York City earlier in 2013. Andrea Zapata-Girau/Courtesy of Jerry Gonzalez hide caption

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Amiri Baraka leaves the polling place after voting in Newark, N.J., in 2010. Amiri's son, Ras Baraka, is currently running for mayor. Patti Sapone/Star Ledger/Corbis hide caption

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Trombonist and arranger Melba Liston is one of the women featured in a new documentary about female instrumentalists in jazz, The Girls in the Band. Carol Comer & Diane Gregg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The bebop innovator Dizzy Gillespie on 52nd Street in New York, which was filled with small jazz clubs in the 1940s. William Gottlieb/The Library of Congress hide caption

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