Charles Lloyd (left) and Lucinda Williams recorded a live version of "Masters Of War" at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Nov. 28, 2016. Erik Jacobs, Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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The Austrian musician has found his voice in the worlds of both classical and jazz music. Peewee Windmüller/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'It's Better To Be An Outsider': Wolfgang Muthspiel's Global Guitar Odyssey

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Keyon Harrold has just released his newest single, "Stay This Way (Feat. Bilal & Big K.R.I.T.)." Deneka Peniston/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01Stay This Way (Feat Bilal & Big K.R.I.T.)

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For Omar Kamal, music is "that little space where you can be creative and kind of dream and move away from everything that's happened to you." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Music Was Always The Escape': Omar Kamal On Shaping His Artistic Identity

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The Naqsh Duo's debut album is called Narrante. Hessam Samavatian/ECM hide caption

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05Parlando

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André Previn On Piano Jazz

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Jazz critic Francis Davis says two 2016 projects from Wadada Leo Smith are are must-listens: his solo record, America's National Parks, and his collaboration with Vijay Iyer, A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke. Scott Groller/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Patti Wicks On Piano Jazz

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Bill Charlap, Willie Pickens, Renee Rosnes and Bethany Pickens performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington for the annual public radio special A Jazz Piano Christmas. Jati Lindsey/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2016

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Jon Batiste carries his melodica with him pretty much all the time. "I always have it," he says. "It's kind of like my murse — a man purse." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Very Jon Batiste Christmas

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Sporting a plastic cigar in his mouth, Danny Barker leads the Onward Brass Band in a parade at the 1974 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Michael P. Smith/The Historic New Orleans Collection hide caption

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The Life Of Danny Barker, Who Saw Jazz As 'A Ride On A Royal Camel'

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Grover Washington, Jr. On Piano Jazz

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