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Abdullah Ibrahim: How Improvisation Saved My Life

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Composer, multi-instrumentalist and educator Tyshawn Sorey, who has been granted a MacArthur Fellowship. John Rogers/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tyshawn Sorey, A Musical Shapeshifter, Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Prize

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Thelonious Monk performs in London in 1970. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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After Midnight: Thelonious Monk At 100

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Cecile McLorin Salvant at the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, onstage with Al Jarreau, Jane Monheit, Terence Blanchard, Ledisi, Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Kevin Eubanks. Steve Mundinger/Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz hide caption

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Roscoe Mitchell (saxophone), Hugh Ragin (piccolo trumpet), Junius Paul (bass) and Famadou Don Moye (drums) of the Art Ensemble of Chicago perform at London's Cafe OTO on Feb. 1, 2017. Roger Thomas hide caption

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Cyrille Aimée And Daymé Arocena Make Jazz Their Own

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Ranging from mystic drone to explosive free jazz, Roberts digs into the dirt along the spiritual roots of American blues, jazz, rock and more on Coin Coin Chapter Three: Run River Thee. Matthew Eisman/Getty Images hide caption

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Coachella, CA: 1969. UFW leader, Dolores Huerta, organizing marcher on 2nd day of March Coachella. George Ballis/George Ballis/Take Stock/The Image Works hide caption

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Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta: Tireless Rights Advocate — And Jazz Fan

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Ernie Andrews On Piano Jazz

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Lee Konitz On Piano Jazz

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Downtown Houston's theater district, the second-largest in the nation, was flooded with water from Buffalo Bayou. Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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